This is a glossy, cheesy super savoury and satisfying sauce that you can pair with any pasta shape you like. Nduja is one of those foods that is on trend and popping up in so many restaurants, but for good reason, it is so delicious! It gives a smokey and slight chilli hum to a traditional mac n cheese style sauce and then topped with toasty panko crumbs - perfection!
What is nduja?
Quite simply nduja is a slightly spicy spreadable pork sausage from Southern Italy. I buy mine in a jar and you should be able to find it at most specialty food stores. I add a couple of tablespoons to this sauce and you will see it transform before your eyes. Don't be put off by the fact it has chilli in it, if you don't like spice just add a bit less. It is more of a gentle hum that a hot spice. Add it to any dish to give a boost of flavour, casseroles, ragus and pizza will all benefit from this secret weapon.
Tips for Nduja Mac and Cheese
- You can use any pasta shape you like I tend to serve abut 80 - 100g pasta per person. I highly recommend trying it out with some hand rolled gnocchi sardi, it's so easy to make and you don't need any equipment.
- When you add the milk and get the sauce bubbling, make sure you lower the temp before you add the cheese, I have it on quite a low heat when adding the cheese and nduja in.
- You can add more or less nduja than what I have specified, just do it to your own taste!
- Watch the panko crumbs closely when you are toasting them, they can catch and burn quite quickly.
Making the gnocchi sardi
Any shape will work for this sauce but check out my recipe for hand rolled gnocchi sardi. It is one of the easiest pasta shapes to make and is relatively quick too. It is made from a durum wheat which gives a fantastic chew which I love! This shape is also perfect with any of my butter sauces.Print