Pasta with sprats, tomato sauce and peppers is a lunch dish that is a great idea for an after-work dinner. As is often the case with dishes based on pasta, their preparation time is quite quick. In the case of this dish, the pasta I used was bucatini, which looks similar to spaghetti. However, it is not the pasta that is the king of this dish, but the sauce prepared with chopped canned tomatoes, olives, peppers and smoked sprats. Smoked sprats, as befits smoked fish, have an intense taste and smell, so they probably won’t suit everyone. Despite their size, these small fish contain a lot of nutritional value, so it is worth consuming them from time to time. Combined with tomato sauce and fresh herbs, these little fish lose some of their intensity in terms of flavour, but they are still quite noticeable in the dish.
To save time, I cook the pasta almost at the same time as I make the sauce. More precisely, 15 minutes into cooking the sauce, I put water on for the pasta. Thanks to this timing, the sauce and the pasta are ready the same time, and I can serve dinner immediately. This pasta dish can be made in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. I encourage you to try the below recipe for pasta with sprats, and I wish you tasty meal.
Ingredients for pasta with sprats.
- 120 g smoked sprats
- 400 g chopped canned tomatoes
- 100 g yellow peppers
- 60 g kalamata olives
- 2 medium sized garlic gloves
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- a small bunch of parsley
- 200 ml water
- 2 tablespoon of oil
- 120 g onion
- a small bunch of basil
- 250 g bucatini pasta + 1 teaspoon of salt
How to make pasta with sprats.
Pour oil into a pot, add diced onion and fry over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the sliced garlic and fry for a few seconds. Then, pour in the canned tomatoes cut into cubes and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. After that time, add the pepper cut into strips and the kalamata olives, cut in half lengthwise. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, then add the sprats cut into smaller pieces, salt, pepper, chopped basil and parsley and keep it on the heat for 2-3 minutes.
Boil the pasta in water salted with 1 teaspoon of salt, according to the instructions on its packaging. Drain the cooked pasta in a colander, rinse with cold water and set aside for a while. Place the pasta in a large bowl and combine with the sauce from the pot. Serve immediately after preparation while still hot.
Good to know when making pasta with sprats.
In this recipe I used smoked sprats,, from which I removed the heads and tails before adding them to the sauce. I cut the sprats into pieces 3-4 centimetres long each.
The kalamata olives can be replaced with green or black olives.
The pasta I used to make this dish was bucatini. It is a pasta similar in shape to spaghetti, but slightly thicker than spaghetti, with a hole in the middle along the length of the pasta. I cooked the pasta for 10 minutes. You can replace it with any other pasta.
Do you like dishes with sprats? If so, try our recipe for Smoked sprats sandwich spread.