Ditalini Pasta Salad with ‘Nduja and Octopus

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‘Nduja is a spreadable pork salumi that melts into a slightly spicy sauce for octopus and tomatoes. Serve it warm for the best flavor.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for 1 minute less than the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking.

Step 2

Boil the octopus in salted water with the onion halves for about 30 minutes. Let cool in the liquid for 2 hours. Strain the octopus and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces.

Step 3

Sear the tomato halves in a skillet; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 4

For each serving, to order: Heat 2 tsp. oil with 2 Tbsp 'nduja and 4 oz. octopus. Stir about 1 cup pasta ino the octopus with 1/2 cup tomatoes and 1 Tbsp basil. Juice 1/4 lemon into the pan and toss together. Plate.


  • 3 lb. Barilla Ditalini
  • 3 cups 'nduja spreadable salumi
  • 6 lb. cleaned octopus
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 6 pints multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 lemons, quartered
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups torn fresh basil
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Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Ditalini
  • Pastina
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 454
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 68mg
Sodium 484mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 28g

Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 11%
Iron 50%
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.