On the street where I grew up, we had an Italian family who lived opposite us, Anna and Tony would always invite us over and I would love the smells that would come from across the street on a regular basis.
As I got older, I really wanted to learn about Italian cooking and how Anna made all her wonderful dishes. I remember inviting her over to our house as I was making a lasagne and I wanted an authentic Italian tomato sauce recipe to use with it. That was it, my taste buds went into overdrive and my love for Italian food began.
After many years of experimenting with Italian food, EmJay passed his exams and got shipped off to live in Pisa for 18 months. While he was commuting back and forth, I got to stay out there a few times and my love for the food grew and grew with every new restaurant that we went to.
While we were there; I tried authentic Calabrese n’duja sausage for the first time in a pasta dish; that salty, spicy, meaty flavour is what made me come up with the Spaghetti Calabrese recipe I’m sharing with you today.
N’duja, for those not in the know, is a spreadable spicy salami which can be found in Italian Delis and online. It easily dissolves to provide a spicy, Italian hit to sauces and is often broken up onto pizza’s to melt into the cheese (this is quite possibly one of my favourite pizza toppings!). I don’t buy it often but when I do I love to make this spaghetti recipe, it’s got so much flavour and a really spicy kick!
You can of course add lots more vegetables to this if you fancy, I sometimes add some steamed tenderstem broccoli to add some crunch to the dish too.
I love this dish and I hope you enjoy it too! You can find the recipe here.