Bucatini ala Calabrese

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The fiery & flavorful combination of chiles, Nduja and pepperoni make this simple sauce a perfect pairing with hearty bucatini pasta.

Chef Notes: 

  • Nduja is a fiery spreadable fermented Calabrian pork sausage made with salumi, hot peppers and spices.
  • Try stirring in 4 cups coarsely chopped hearty greens such as kale, broccoli raab or turnip greens with the tomatoes to add great color and nutrition to the dish.


Step 1

Bring salted water to boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stovetop. Add pasta; cook 2 min. less than directed on package. Drain, reserving 1-1/2 cups pasta water.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat oil in large rondeau on medium heat. Add onions; sauté 3 to 4 min. or until transparent. Stir in pepperoni and pepper flakes; sauté 1-2 min. or until heated through.

Step 3

Stir in garlic and Nduja; cook 2-4 min. stirring frequently until sausage is dissolved. Add tomatoes; cook 12-15 min. stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Add cooked pasta to tomato mixture; toss vigorously with tongs to coat 2-3 min. or until combined adding reserved pasta water 1/2 cup at a time as needed. Season to taste with salt & freshly ground black pepper.

Step 5

Combine panko, cheese and parsley in medium bowl. Sprinkle with panko mixture before serving.


  • 3 lbs. Barilla® Collezione Bucatini
  • 6 ounces extra virgin oil
  • 3 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces diced pepperoni
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces Nduja, removed from casing
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each), peeled Italian San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1-1/2 cups toasted panko bread crumbs
  • 3 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
Recipe Type:
Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Bucatini
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 297
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 471mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g

Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 6%
Iron 11%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.