Reese Sardine Pasta Salad

This sardine pasta salad is a simple-to-make, tasty lunchtime meal. This recipe includes great flavors from very unique ingredients. You don't want to miss out on this delicious meal! 

Prep Time: 
5 min
Cook Time: 
15 minutes

2 cups bucatini or other long dried pasta
2/3 cups DaVinci extra virgin olive oil
2 cups (140g) fresh breadcrumbs
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped, fronds reserved
1 1/2 tbs tomato paste
4 Reese Flat Fillets of Anchovies, drained on paper towel
1/4 cup (60ml) white wine
12 fresh Reese Skinless & Boneless Sardines 
1/3 cup (55g) sultanas
1/3 cup (50g) pine nuts, toasted
Generous pinch saffron threads


1.Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup (250ml) water.
2.Meanwhile, heat half the oil in a frypan over medium heat, then add breadcrumbs and cook, tossing, for 2-3 minutes until golden. Transfer crumbs to a bowl and wipe pan clean.
3.Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium heat.
4.Add onion and fennel, and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, for a few seconds. Add anchovies and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until melted and combined. Add wine and bring to a simmer. Add sardine fillets, sultanas, pine nuts and saffron, then stir to combine. Add enough of the reserved cooking water to loosen the mixture, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes until slightly reduced. Season, then toss sauce with the bucatini.
5.To serve, scatter the pasta with the toasted breadcrumbs and top with the reserved fennel fronds.