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Enjoy a savory twist on classic pasta with our Spaghetti with Salami: al dente spaghetti noodles coated in a rich tomato sauce, complemented by slices of flavorful salami.

Salami Spaghetti Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Welcome to our culinary journey through the vibrant streets of Italy, where we indulge in the rich, traditional flavors of one of their beloved pasta dishes – Salami Spaghetti!


  • 8 ounces (about 225g) spaghetti
  • 100g salami, sliced or diced (choose your favorite type of salami)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for serving)


  1. Cook the spaghetti: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. Cook the salami: In a large skillet or saucepan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the salami in a single layer, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside on a plate lined with paper towel.
  3. Sauté the onions and garlic: Add the chopped onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, being careful not to burn it.
  4. Add the salami and cherry tomatoes: Add the sliced or diced salami to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the salami starts to release its flavor. Then, add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes until they soften slightly.
  5. Pour in the tomato sauce: Pour the tomato sauce into the skillet with the sautéed ingredients. Mix everything well and bring the sauce to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Season the sauce: Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep in mind that the salami can be quite salty, so adjust the seasoning accordingly. If the sauce becomes too thick, you can add some of the reserved pasta cooking water to reach your desired consistency.
  7. Combine the pasta and sauce: Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet with the sauce. Toss everything together, making sure the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce and the salami mixture is distributed throughout.
  8. Garnish and serve: Sprinkle freshly chopped basil leaves over the top of the pasta. Optionally, you can also serve with grated Parmesan cheese for some extra flavor.


  1. Choose Quality Salami: Opt for high-quality salami with good flavor and texture. You can use different varieties of salami, such as Genoa, soppressata, or spicy salami, based on your preferences. Look for salami with minimal additives and preservatives for a more authentic taste.

  2. Cook Pasta Al Dente: When boiling the spaghetti, cook it al dente, which means it should be tender but still have a slight firmness when bitten. Overcooking the pasta can result in a mushy texture.

  3. Reserve Pasta Water: Before draining the cooked spaghetti, save about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. This starchy water can be used later to adjust the sauce's consistency and help it adhere better to the pasta.

  4. Sauté Onions and Garlic Gently: When sautéing the onions and garlic, cook them over medium heat until they become translucent and aromatic. Be cautious not to burn the garlic, as it can turn bitter.

  5. Balance Flavors: Taste the sauce as it simmers and adjust the seasonings accordingly. Salami can be quite salty, so you may need less additional salt. Add more pepper or other herbs if desired.

  6. Don't Overcook Salami: If you're using slices of salami, add them towards the end of sautéing, just to heat them through. Overcooking the salami can make it tough and dry.

  7. Fresh Basil: Use fresh basil leaves rather than dried for the best flavor. Add the basil towards the end to preserve its bright and fragrant taste.

  8. Customize with Veggies: Feel free to add vegetables like sautéed bell peppers, zucchini, or spinach to enhance the nutritional value and add more colors and textures to the dish.

  9. Grated Cheese on Top: While grated Parmesan cheese is optional, it adds a delightful finishing touch and complements the flavors of the dish. Use fresh Parmesan for the best taste.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 554
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 732 mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg