Nduja Cresponcino and Orba of Spilinga
the real nduja of Spilinga in Calabria where tradition and artisans still make the difference. The name nduja derives from "andouille", a French word that defines a type of soft sausage. In the past, the nduja was a poor man's dish: it was prepared with the less noble parts of the pig, but today only the best parts are used and they are mixed with salt and Calabrian chilli pepper, both sweet and spicy, which give flavor to the sausage and its typical red color. The mixture is then inserted into a pork casing: it will then be subjected to light smoking and left to mature for several months. Once ready, the nduja is the queen of Calabrian appetizers, ideal for spreading on croutons and bruschetta and for seasoning pasta. The product has at least 60% meat and the rest is Calabrian chilli grown in-house. The product is distinguished in cresponcini weighing no more than 400 g and orba weighing more than 3 kg. The product is lightly smoked.
suggestion: it is usually spread on bread, to dampen its spiciness, but it is also excellent as a condiment for pasta, with its strong and really tasty flavour. Among the types of pasta to use for this recipe, you can choose between spaghetti, linguine, scialatielli, fusilli, rigatoni, penne, to be seasoned with a sauce made with Tropea onion, tomato pulp and nduja, flavored with a few basil leaves. But here's how to prepare, quickly and easily, this spicy and appetizing first course that will make your taste buds explode with flavor, thanks to its unique and strong flavor. Cut the onion and fry it in a non-stick pan with oil. As soon as it starts to brown add 50 ml of hot water and add the nduja previously freed from the gut and cut into small pieces. Cook by pouring another 50 ml of hot water: stir until the nduja melts. Now add the tomato pulp and cook for fifteen minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Finally add the basil. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the cooking time indicated on the package. Once ready, drain the pasta and toss it in the pan with the sauce until it takes on flavour. Your pasta with nduja is ready to be served piping hot, perhaps with the addition of grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of pepper.to make your pasta with nduja even more tasty you can add to the sautéed onion also two green chillies cut into rounds. Cook the pasta "al dente" and sauté it in the sauce to add flavor. A tip is to use the whole wheat pasta that retains very well the sauce and enhances the flavor of nduja. If you wish, you can also add bacon or a little chilli pepper to the sauce, if you want to enhance the spiciness. Use a little salt to season the sauce and the pasta because the nduja is already quite salty.