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Chiocciole with Sardines and Breadcrumbs

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Chiocciole with Sardines and Breadcrumbs

Chiocciole with Sardines and Breadcrumbs
New Media Publishing / Photography: Flat Art / Stylist: Abigail Donnelly
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This pasta miraculously stretches two cans on sardines into a meal for six people. Dill, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmesan add flavor while bread crumbs finish the dish with a homey crunch.



  • Cook pasta in a pasta pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Add garlic, pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Add sardines to skillet with their oil. Sauté until sardines are golden in spots around edges, about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
  • Reserve 3/4 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta. Add pasta to skillet with cooking water, dill, cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Serve topped with crumbs.