One-pan spaghetti with nduja, fennel & olives

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

A spicy sausage pasta dish with a difference. Using the cooking water helps the sauce cling to the pasta and gives the dish more body. A silky smooth sauce, perfect pasta and one pan to wash!

PREP 15 mins
COOK 15 mins


  • calories 608
  • carbs 72
  • saturated fat 7
  • sugar 4
  • protein 20
  • fat 25
  • fibre 7
  • salt 1.4


400g spaghetti
3 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
½ fennel, halved and very thinly sliced
75g nduja or sobrasada paste (see tip)
200g tomatoes (the best you can get), chopped into chunks
75g black olives, pitted and sliced
2 tsp tomato purée
3 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
2 tsp red wine vinegar
40g pecorino, plus extra to serve
handful basil, torn


  1. Boil the kettle. Put all the ingredients except the pecorino and basil in a wide saucepan or deep frying pan and season well. Pour over 800ml kettle-hot water and bring to a simmer, using your tongs to ease the spaghetti under the liquid as it starts to soften.
  2. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 mins, tossing the spaghetti through the liquid every so often until it is cooked and the sauce is reduced and clinging to it. Add a splash more hot water if the sauce is too thick or does not cover the pasta while it cooks. Turn up the heat for the final few mins to drive off the excess liquid, leaving you with a rich sauce. Stir through the pecorino and basil, and serve with an extra drizzle of oil and pecorino on the side.