Behold the power of spicy homemade pizza.
What is ‘Nduja?
Internet tells me that it is a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from Italy and that it is pronounced EN-DOO-YA. All I know is that it’s the most perfect spicy sausage spread that I have ever eaten and I’ll never look at pizza the same way again. The first time I ate ‘nduja on a pizza was in a restaurant in Paris and I was instantly in love. It was the perfect amount of spicy that I needed to give the right kick to my pizza and y’all know how much I love spicy food. At some point in my life, I did carry tiny tabasco bottles in my handbag. Very Mindy Kaling, I know. Anyway, here’s what ‘nduja looks like. I got it from a Italian “traiteur” (French for “deli”) and it’s red fiery packed sausage paste in A LOT of oil.
Enough about that for now. Here are the toppings:
Roll out the pizza dough. I got one from the store cause ain’t nobody got time for dat – ok, maybe only on weekends… Lay it all out in this order: tomato sauce (made from cooked cherry tomatoes or from the store), emmental cheese, shallots, mozzarella and mushrooms.
Don’t put the basil and ‘nduja right yet. Put it in a preheated oven at 180 C for 45 – 50 minutes.
As soon as it’s cooked, take it out of the oven and add some ‘nduja on top as below. Stick it back under the broiler for about 3-4 mins. The spicy oil from the ‘nduja will coat the pizza and your kitchen will start smelling like heaven.
Take out the pizza, sprinkle on some fresh basil and stuff it in your mouth. You can thank me later!
For more ‘nduja recipes, see here.
You will need:
- 1 store-bought pizza dough (or make your own)
- 1/2 jar tomato sauce or homemade reduced cherry tomato sauce
- 4 mushrooms, slices
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 1 Mozzarella ball
- Emmental cheese
- 2 tsp ‘Nduja
- Fresh basil
- Preheat the oven at 180C.
- Roll out the pizza dough.
- Lay it all out in this order: tomato sauce, emmental cheese, shallots, mozzarella and mushrooms.
- Put the pizza to cook in the preheated oven at 180 C for 45 – 50 minutes.
- As soon as it’s cooked, take it out of the oven and add some ‘nduja on top as below.
- Stick it back under the broiler for about 3-4 mins until the oil separates and coats the pizza.
- Sprinkle some fresh basil and enjoy!