'Nduja Strozzapreti

Nduja Strozzapreti using Barilla casarecce

This very versatile recipe is built around Calabria’s fiery, spreadable salami called ‘nduja; available from most delis, my favourite version is from Salumi Australia. I’ve made this dish without the chicory (just eggs) and without the eggs (just chicory), but I like it best with both. The name chicory is sometimes used for endive or witlof, but the kind I use here looks like long dandelion leaves, they are related and you could use dandelion or any other bitter greens instead. Strozzapreti literally means ‘strangle (or choke) the priest’. It’s a twisted pasta that has several different names, Barilla calls their’s casarecce; you can replace it with any short pasta. Don’t be too precise when slicing the green leaves from the thick white chicory stems, use it finely sliced, stems and all, if you prefer (though I like the stems cooked as a separate vegetable). Coriole’s soft sangiovese is a great accompaniment, the perfect foil for the spicy ‘nduja. Scroll down to the Q&A here for all you need to know about cooking pasta perfectly.

Serves 6 as a starter

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • Salt flakes, to taste
  • 500g casarecce or strozzapreti
  • 100g ‘nduja
  • 125g salted butter
  • 1 bunch chicory, green part only, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
Method
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan, add onion and a good pinch of salt and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, until starting to colour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add pasta.
  3. Add ‘nduja to the onion, stir to break up well and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add butter and chicory to the pan and stir for a minute or 2, until chicory wilts.
  5. Break in eggs, immediately remove pan from the heat, cover and set aside.
  6. Heat oil in a small saucepan, add breadcrumbs and fry until crisp and brown. Drain and set aside.
  7. When pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving some of the cooking water.
  8. Add pasta and ¼ cup of cooking water to the ‘nduja mixture, return to medium heat and toss well for a minute or so, until egg sets.
  9. Serve topped with fried breadcrumbs. 

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