5 Ingredients or Fewer

Almost Nduja

April  9, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Makes 1 heaping cup
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup finely diced soppressata (127 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (42 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons crushed/minced Calabrian chiles (36 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes (36 grams)
  1. 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.

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.

9 Reviews

akrauter April 14, 2023
I will never buy ‘nduja again. This tastes great, and I’d like to suggest a hack: I had a tub of Korean fermented red pepper paste and dipped into that in lieu of Calabrian peppers.
Paulaob March 20, 2020
Can’t wait to try this! I have purchased jars of Calabrian chiles at Trader Joe’s.
Jimmy J. June 29, 2018
Scoville rating is 25,000-40,000. Find a chilli that falls into the range if you cannot find Calabrians.
Rachel P. April 20, 2019
Bought on Amazon.packed in vinegar, drained and repacked in olive oil ,garlic
Fresh basil,oregano and parsley.
Used vinegar in salad dressings
Mary L. June 29, 2018
Where do you find Calabrian chilis? I live in Texas.
Jimmy J. June 23, 2018
Making Homemade 'Nduja https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=3NFk2ZiplbA
Noreen F. April 13, 2018
I was visiting in the Chicago suburbs over Easter and checked three supermarkets for nduja without success. I really expected to find it at Caputo's but they didn't have it either. Thanks for the DIY version!
HalfPint April 10, 2018
How long will this hold in the fridge?
Emma L. April 10, 2018
Hi! In a tightly sealed container, at least a week.