Pasta Aglio E Olio in Spanish Sardines

Pasta addiction has brought me to the kitchen once more during this yuletide season for another dish that has always been a fetish to some. It is called and pronounced as [ˈaʎʎo e ˈɔːljo] an Italian dish from Napoli.

The name of this dish can make your tongue get tied but when you get to taste it, it’s worth getting tied up after all. You can do it at home with no sweat because it’s very simple and you can be an everyday chef.

Here’s how:



2 cans Spanish Style Sardines (hot)

175 grams spaghetti

4 tbsp garlic, minced

2 tbsp parmesan

1 tsp parsley, chopped

4 tbsp red bell pepper, minced

½ tbsp oregano powder

Salt and ground pepper to taste



  1. Boil water with salt in a pot. Add spaghetti and boil it for 10 minutes until al dente. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, add olive oil, then sauté garlic, and sardines on medium heat. Drizzle with sardines oil. Cook until oil has been reduced to half.
  3. Add the pasta and toss well, then sprinkle salt, ground pepper, parmesan and oregano bits.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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