Nduja is a spreadable cured meat made from pork. Its spreadability makes it unlike other cured meats and this is thanks to its high fat content and the specific cuts of meat used in its production. It primarily consists of pork shoulder, belly, and tripe, blended with a generous amount of Calabrian peppers. The mixture is then packed into a casing and aged allowing the flavours to meld and intensify. 

1. Spread on Bread 
This is one of the simplest yet most delicious ways to use nduja. Lightly toast some bread then apply a thin layer of room temperature nduja on the toasted bread. Can add a little extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh herbs to add additional flavour. 
2. Incorporating in Pasta
Nduja’s rich and spicy flavour makes it an excellent addition in pasta dishes.
Try something like this:

Ingredients: Nduja, olive oil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, pasta (e.g., spaghetti or penne), fresh basil, grated Parmesan cheese.

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a pan, heat olive oil and sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and cook until they start to soften.
  4. Stir in Nduja, allowing it to melt and coat the tomatoes.
  5. Toss the cooked pasta in the Nduja sauce.
  6. Serve with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Pizza Topping 
Nduja makes for an exceptional pizza topping, adding a spicy kick that pairs well with various other ingredients. 

Nduja is a great and underrated culinary gem that brings a unique combination of spicy, smoky, and tangy flavours to dishes. Nduja’s versatility allows it to be used in a variety of dishes, from simply spreading on toast or crackers or making into a sauce. Whether you’re a seasoned nduja user, or just found out about it, experimenting with it is sure to enhance your culinary repertoire. Enjoy the rich flavours of nduja and elevate your meals to new heights. 


Nduja’s texture is soft and creamy, making it easily spreadable. It has a luxurious mouth feel due to its high-fat content. The taste is bold with a slight kick from the Calabrian peppers balanced out by smoky, tangy notes. The combination of these flavours makes Nduja  a versatile ingredient that can enhance a wide variety of dishes. 

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