Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cacio e Pepe

Shortly after my boyfriend and I got back from our amazing 12 day trip to Italy (emphasis on the AFTER), my boyfriend said he had watched Anthony Bourdain chowing down on some amazing looking pasta in Rome called Cacio e Pepe. 

Cacio e Pepe, literally cheese and pepper, is a classic Roman dish made from the simplest of ingredients: water, pasta, cheese, freshly ground black pepper and butter.

And it's simply amazing. If you ever see it on a menu, order it. Or, better yet, make it yourself! 

It's become one of our favorite meals to repare and I hope it might become one of your favorites as well.

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 6-10 mins | Yield: 2 servings

Half pound spaghetti or bucatini
1/2 cup salted boiling pasta water
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated pepper, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
Basil or other green for extra garnish (my basil is from my home garden, hence the caterpillar bites)

Cook pasta according to directions on the box (add salt to water). After pasta has cooked for several minutes, ladle out 3/4 - 1 cup boiling pasta water and set aside. When pasta is extremely al dente (about 2 minutes before you would normally strain), remove the pasta and strain. Set aside momentarily. Add boiling pasta water, butter and pepper to a hot sauce pan. Add the drained pasta to the pan and toss through the water mixture until the pasta absorbs almost all of the water. Remove from heat and add cheese to pasta. Toss and garnish with more cheese and pepper, to taste.

Buon Appetito!


  1. This is my favorite pasta dish!

  2. Looks so simple and delicious...thank you for sharing, think I'll make this tomorrow for me and my boyfriend :)

  3. This looks so yummy and so simple. I will make it!!!
    Cathy Trails

  4. I love Cacio e Pepe! amazing pictures and recipe!!

  5. This looks absolutely lovely! I love your blog, darling, and followed!


  6. Yummy, yummy. Your blog is great. I totally love it!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  7. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! Love this blog!

  8. don't have dinner planned out yet but this is looking awfully good plus i already have all the ingredients in my frig or pantry! thanks for the idea!


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