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Dried spaghetti or linguine - 300 gms
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Small white onion - 1 (minced)
Harissa - 1 tsp
fresh sardines - 6 (pan dressed)
Dry white wine - 1/4 cup
Tomato sauce - 1/4 cup
Kosher salt to taste


  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until it is softened but is still hard in the center, about 5 minutes, or half of its normal cooking time.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium low heat and cook the onion until very tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the harissa.
  • Add the sardines and cook for about one minute.
  • Turn and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the white wine, tomato sauce, and 2 tbsp of the water from the pasta.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving some of he water, and add it to the sauce.
  • Agitate the pan gently and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes.
  • if it seems too dry, add 1 or 2 tbsp of the pasta water.
  • Season with salt.
  • Serve immediately.
Harissa is a chile paste with garlic, coriander, and caraway. 

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