Sardine Pasta (Iwashi pasta)

Sardines are a great cupboard staple, and when combined with soy sauce instantly become a flavour of Japan


Serves: 2

  • 350g cooked pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin sardines in oil
  • 2 slices bacon or ham
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 dried chilli pepper, thinly sliced, or chilli flakes
  • olive oil for stir-frying
  • chives, chopped, and nori, finely sliced, for garnish


  1. Cook the pasta. Drain and mix with the olive oil.
  2. Cut the sardines and bacon into small pieces. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Then lower the heat and fry the sardines, bacon and chilli pepper until they become crispy.
  3. Add the soy sauce and pasta, stir gently, and remove from the heat. Serve on individual plates and garnish with chives and nori.