Spicy ‘Nduja and Cilantro Pasta

Spicy 'Nduja and Cilantro Pasta with Fork

This spicy ‘nduja and cilantro pasta recipe makes a big plate of vibrant, bright red noodles with a serious kick!

‘Nduja is a spicy spreadable sausage from Calabria, Italy. When used in this manner, it breaks down into a spicy and delicious sauce that coats noodles beautifully. 

Find ‘nduja at gourmet Italian grocery stores, high end butchers, or online. 

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time25 min
  • Yield4 light servings
  • Cuisine
  • Course
    • Main Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Boiling
    • Simmering


  • 10oz (300g) tagliatelle or other long pasta like spaghetti, linguine, bucatini, or mafalde
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6oz (175g) ‘nduja sausage
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
  • 1 big handful chopped cilantro
  • Black pepper
  • Pecorino cheese



Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add a big pinch of salt. 

Add the noodles and cook to about 1 minute short of al dente (follow package directions for timing). 

Reserve 3/4 cup (170ml) of the cooking water. 


Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a large skillet. 

Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 

Increase heat to medium and add the ‘nduja and tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes. 


Transfer the noodles from the pot to the skillet, along with the 3/4 cup of pasta cooking water. 

Toss everything together well, cooking it until the liquid evaporates into a thick, clinging sauce. 


Transfer the pasta to plates and shower with fresh cilantro, black pepper, and pecorino cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Spicy 'Nduja and Cilantro Pasta

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