I prepare this dish whenever I want a quick meal. More often than not we have the ingredients handy in our cupboards. I prefer using Spanish sardines in olive oil, but sardines in tomato sauce will do just fine.
8oz. spaghetti noodles
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lemon, juiced
1 4oz. can sardines in tomato sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook it according to package instructions or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan under medium heat. Sauté the onions until they become translucent. After, fry the garlic and cook it for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Add the sardines and the sauce and the tomato sauce. Reduce the heat to low and simmer it for 3-5 minutes or until the pasta is ready.
Combine the pasta and the sardine sauce. Mix well and turn off the heat. Let it stand for 5 minutes. After, squeeze the lemon juice over the pasta. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate or individual plates. Sprinkle the pasta with red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese before serving. Serve warm.
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