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June 23, 2022

Spicy American Lamb Merguez Sausage with Bucatini Pasta


Recipe Provided By
"Feasting at Home"
Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

45 min



Spicy American Lamb Merguez Sausage with Bucatini Pasta in a bowl with silverware


  • 8 ounces Bucatini pasta (or substitute any pasta)
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 large garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt, pepper and chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 bunch chopped parsley (or sub half of this with mint leaves)
  • Lemon zest


Cook pasta according to directions; strain, set aside. 

For the Merguez sausage: In a medium bowl, add lamb, paprika, salt, cumin, coriander, fennel and cayenne; mix well with a wet hand. 

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Using wet hands break lamb sausage apart into roughly 1-inch pieces; drop into pan, browning on all sides, reducing heat if necessary. Using a slotted spoon, place cooked lamb on a paper towel-lined plate; blot, set aside. 

Wipe pan clean. Add another tablespoon of oil; return to medium heat and add garlic. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden and fragrant. Add pasta, sausage, roasted pepper, olives and a generous drizzle of oil, coating pasta well so it doesn’t stick to pan; warm through. Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes. 

Stir in fresh parsley right before serving. Taste, adjust salt and garnish with lemon zest. Divide among 4 bowls.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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