Sicilian-Style Sardines With Pasta And Green Beans From ‘A Girl Called Jack’

by Jack Monroe |
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Preparation Time

15 minutes






Blend some sardines with some of the onion and a little lemon juice.

Finger Food

Let your baby pick at pieces of cooked spaghetti and sultanas.


  • 160g pasta (such as spaghetti)

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 onion

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 small red chilli or 2 pinches of the dried stuff

  • A handful of raisins or sultanas

  • 50g frozen green beans

  • 1 x 120g tin of sardines

  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

This budget-friendly recipe is quick to put together making it an ideal speedy evening meal

  1. Bring a saucepan of cold water to the boil – or if you’re anything like me, use the kettle! Pop in the pasta, turn down to a low heat and cooking according to the packet instructions, usually around 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. While the pasta is boiling, put the oil into a small frying or sauté pan, and finely grate in most of the lemon zest – reserving some for a garnish. Peel and finely slice the onion and garlic, finely slice the chilli, and add to the oil and lemon. Tip in the sultanas and cook on a low heat until the onions are softening.

  3. Put the green beans into the pan followed by  the sardines, breaking up the fish gently with a wooden spoon or wooden fork so as not to scratch the protective coating on the pan. (I am ridiculously obsessive about not scratching my sauté pan and, although it was a cheap one, it has lasted me six years so far, but lost me a lodger in earlier years.)

  4. Drain the pasta and tip into the pan with the fish. Toss everything together and serve with the reserved lemon zest and chopped parsley sprinkled over. Enjoy!

Recipe extracted from A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe (Michael Joseph, £12.99).

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