Cacio e Pepe


Need a super simple meal with just a few ingredients? This may be the meal you are looking for!

This is a horrible picture but it is like grown-up macaroni and cheese with black pepper.

There is a whole bunch of controversy around this dish and how it “should” be made. I am NOT saying my way is the correct way but it was simple. Some say add olive oil instead of butter, some day save some of the starchy pasta water to make the sauce smoother, others argue it is the way the pasta is stirred or twirled into the sauce that makes the difference.  This is the way I did it. Seriously, Google the recipes and read the comments to see how people disagree on this dish.

Verdict:

My kids loved this and it was super simple to make. If you need a quick easy dish that is filling and flavorful this is great. Keep it simple with a fresh green salad and vegetable for the complete meal.

Cacio de Pepe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces pasta (such as angel hair or spaghetti)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, divided
  • 2 teaspoons + freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1\2 cups Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated (not canned)
  • 2/3 cup  Pecorino Cheese, freshly grated (not canned)
  • 1 1/2 cups reserved pasta water

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Drain, reserving 1 1\2 cups pasta cooking water.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and cook, swirling pan, until toasted, about 1 minute.
  3. Add 3/4 cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter. Reduce heat to low and add Parmesan, stirring and tossing with tongs until melted. Remove pan from heat; add Pecorino, stirring and tossing until cheese melts, sauce coats the pasta, and pasta is al dente. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and serve.
  4.  Garnish with extra black pepper and cheese as desired.

 

 

23 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m pretty sure I ate this my entire time in college! It’s so good!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! And so simple!

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  2. My family love pasta. A lovely recipe, Marci.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much.

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  3. Yumm! We make something similiar with only parm. cheese. This sounds so yummy

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. No matter how you make it it is wonderful!

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      1. yes I agree, I like this version marci

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  4. One of my favorite quick pasta dishes. Love your version using two cheeses. 🙂

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  5. mistimaan says:

    Loved your recipe

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  6. So simple, so good!!! 😀

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  7. Erika Kind says:

    Simple and simply delicious!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        You are welcome, Marci!

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  8. firefly1824 says:

    What a great recipe for adapting. Just made it with what I have on hand, yum!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Great!

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  9. Simple and easy ! Looks yum !

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  10. janowrite says:

    We love this basic pasta dish – so good!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

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  11. PoetSpeak says:

    Simple tastes are perfect for kids.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! Thank you so much.

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