Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
10 minutes
Total time
20 minutes
6 servings

12 ounces whole grain pasta, any shape (whole wheat casarecce is the type of pasta shown)

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped

2 cans wild sardines, spines removed and roughly chopped

1 tablespoon capers

1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped

¼ teaspoon pepper

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon red chili flakes, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon lemon zest

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a deep sauce pan and bring heat to medium.
  3. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  4. Add Swiss chard and sauté until the leaves are soft.
  5. Add sardines, capers, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Mix in the pan.
  6. When pasta is cooked to al dente, remove from heat and drain.
  7. Add the pasta to the pan with other ingredients plus 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix.
  8. Add lemon zest, fresh parsley, and extra red chili flakes if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Emilia Petrucci and Oldways. Media: contact us for permission to reprint and for a hi-res image.


Calories: 304
Total Fat: 9.1g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Sodium: 335mg
Carbohydrate: 42g
Fiber: 6.5g
Sugar: 3g
Added Sugar: 0g
Protein: 19.8g

Yield: 6 servings

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NoVA Mom
This was absolutely wonderful - made it exactly as written. Next time I will add more tomatoes (they were fantastic in this) and throw in some Feta. My husband said "Add this the keeper list!"
Would tuna be a suitable alternative to the sardines? I realize the flavors are different, but I'm wondering if the rest of the flavors in this dish would complement tuna as well. Thank you!
Hi Christine, we haven't tried this recipe with tuna but it sounds great! Let us know how it goes.

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