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Rigatoni with nduja and prawns


You'll need

  Rigatoni 320 gm dried rigatoni 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 20 medium green prawns, peeled 250 gm cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped 8 basil leaves, coarsely torn   Nduja 200 gm coppa 140 gm pork back fat (lardo) 2 tbsp sweet smoked paprika ¼ cup dried chilli flakes 2 tbsp sea salt

Method

  • 01
  • For nduja, coarsely chop coppa and fat. Add remaining ingredients and pass through a mincer or food processor on a fine setting or finely chop with a knife. Nduja will keep refrigerated for about one week. Makes about 250gm.
  • 02
  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente.
  • 03
  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan, add garlic and sauté over low heat until golden, add ¼ cup nduja and sauté for 5 minutes or until it melts. Add prawns and cook until they change colour, then add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • 04
  • Drain pasta, add to sauce, add basil and parsely, and combine well. Serve immediately.

"Nduja is a very hot chilli paste originally made with pork offal and is typical of the southern Italian region of Calabria," says Adelaide's Salvatore Pepe. "The distinctive flavour of the Calabrian version comes from chilli that has been slow-dried in a wood oven, imparting a smoky flavour. The finished paste is encased in intestine and cured like a cacciatore sausage. The fiery spread can be used to give heat and flavour to just about any dish from crostini to pasta. Nowadays, the paste is made using better cuts of meat and although there are as many 'secret' recipes as there are butchers in Calabria, this is a good one, passed on to me by my friend, Francesco, a fourth-generation butcher from my home town of Polistena."

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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May 2007

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