The Perfect Sicilian Pasta

WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh

PHOTOS:: Lisa Atkinson

I absolutely fell in love with this dish when travelling in Sicily,  and I was beyond excited to find a recipe where I could recreate it at home.

This pasta dish is so simple, so fresh and easy to make I am excited to be able to share it with you because I know it will become a firm favourite. There is a combination of sweet and savoury flavours in this dish that make it stand out, putting it all together on a big platter for your family to devour is just a joy. 


  • 1/2 packet of spaghetti
  • 2tbs. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bulb fennel, finely sliced and fronds kept
  • 110g sardines in oil (fresh or tinned)
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of Pecorino, freshly grated
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon Zest


  1. Bring Water to boil and cook pasta.
  2. Toast the breadcrumbs with a little oil over medium heat until golden brown and crunchy.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in large pan and saute the garlic, fennel and pine nuts for five minutes or until softened.
  4. Place the pasta in the pan and combine, gently adding in the sardines.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs and the lemon zest
  6. Garnish with pecorino and fennel fronds.


Recipe via Everyday Gourmet TV