fisherman's pasta

8 ounces (2-3 cups) pasta -orecchiette types work well
2 Tbl olive oil
3-4 Tbl butter
3 large cloves garlic -minced
1 can sardines in spring water
juice from half a lemon
1 Tbl parsley -minced
fresh ground pepper
nice sea salt

Toss pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook per package directions.  when the pasta has only a few minutes left begin the sauce:  add butter and olive oil to a saute pan and bring to medium heat.  add garlic, saute for a minute or two until the aroma rises. add 1 or 2 sardine filets (or the whole tin if you are a particularly robust individual) and mash w/ the garlic and oil.  turn off heat.  add lemon juice and parsley.

Drain cooked pasta, place in a bowl, and throw in a bit of butter to keep it from getting sticky.  add the garlic & sardine saute and mix softly w/ a spatula or spoon until well combined.  top w/ salt and pepper to taste, split into two bowls and serve asap- with fishermans pasta, hot is most delicious.