The Ultimate Guide To ‘Nduja + ‘Nduja Recipes

This spicy Italian sausage has a cult following, and can be used in many ways: stirred through pasta, as a way to spice-up hollandaise, or even added to butter. Learn more about where it comes from, what it’s made of, and what you can expect when you first taste it!

How do I pronounce ‘nduja?

Before we delve into learning all about the spicy spreadable sausage, let’s establish how to say its name. ‘Nduja is pronounced ‘en-doo-ya’.

Nduja, 180g

‘Nduja is a cross between a spicy, hot pâté and a spreadable salami – meaning that it has, unsurprisingly, developed a cult following. Its popularity shows no signs of slowing as people are embracing the meaty, spicy, umami flavours of this unique ingredient.

What is ‘nduja?

‘Nduja is a type of spicy, spreadable sausage. Although it is believed to have first been introduced by the Spanish (and is very similar to sobrassada from the island of Mallorca), ‘nduja is associated with Southern Italy, in particular the Calabria region. 

‘Nduja which can be bought online (and in shops) will most likely come in a jar, however if you’re making ‘nduja from scratch at home, it is shaped into a large sausage and hung for around 4 weeks. After just a few days, the casing turns from white to almost transparent, revealing the vibrant orange ‘nduja within.

What is ‘nduja made of?

‘Nduja is typically made with only 4 ingredients:

  1. Pork meat
  2. Fat
  3. Chili peppers 
  4. Salt

 When ‘nduja was first produced, it was done so more out of necessity than desire. ‘Nduja was an economical way of making the most of a pig. Farmers would sell the sought-after cuts of meat, and keep the cheaper cuts that no-one else wanted (often the head!). 

When the meat was ground and combined with fat and flavourings, it produced a great-tasting sausage that was affordable to produce.

Calabrian chillies are the traditional pepper to use in ‘nduja, and the ratio of pepper is around 30% of the total sausage weight. These punchy peppers not only give the sausage its rich orange-red hue, but provide a fiery, slightly smoky flavour. 

What does ‘nduja taste like?

Meaty, spicy, umami - these three words best describe what to expect when you first try ‘nduja sausage. The high percentage of chilli gives a strong, fiery kick to the sausage, meaning it’s best to use ‘nduja in small quantities - 1 tsp is enough for adding a punch to ‘nduja pasta sauces.

How to cook with ‘nduja

Here are four ways to celebrate the spicy sausage in your cooking…

Nduja Spaghetti With Wild Garlic Recipe

Nduja Spaghetti With Wild Garlic Recipe

'Nduja spaghetti with wild garlic makes a quick-yet-impressive weeknight dinner. The hot Calabrian sausage is stirred in at the last minute for a spicy kick to the simple butter and garlic sauce.


Nduja Hot Dog Recipe

Nduja Hot Dog Recipe

We’ve added ‘nduja to warm butter to create a spicy drizzle for frankfurters. A great way to add a fiery kick to the classic hot dog. Try the recipe now.


’Nduja Pizza Recipe

’Nduja Pizza Recipe

Frying pan pizzas are a quick and efficient way of making wonderfully crisp, puffy-based pizzas at home. Here we've topped them with fiery 'nduja and peppery rocket leaves.


Eggs Benedict With 'Nduja Hollandaise Recipe

Eggs Benedict With 'Nduja Hollandaise Recipe

The rich creamy egg yolks, cured ham and earthy spinach are the ultimate match for fiery, buttery ‘nduja hollandaise. An indulgent breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try the recipe here.

Shop all Italian ingredients, and read our guide to hot sauce here.

1 comment

  • I see a lot of recipes with fresh nduja, but hardly ever with jarred. What is the ratio for fresh nduja sausage to the jarred version? Some recipes call for 100 grams or more fresh nduja. I can’t imagine using an entire jar as a substitute?

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