I had trouble tracking down nduja, so I developed this easy-as-heck workaround. It is a best friend to ricotta-smeared toast and hot spaghetti. If you can't find soppressata, any salami will do—just increase the Calabrian chiles to taste. —Emma Laperruque
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until mostly smooth, scraping down as needed. The final coarseness is totally up to you! Store in the fridge and bring up to room temperature before serving.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.