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Cacio e Pepe on a plate with fork
5 from 1 vote

Cacio e Pepe

Comfort food couldn’t get simpler than this Cacio e Pepe recipe. But don't fooled, “simple” in this context doesn’t take anything away from this recipe.
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  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter cut into pieces
  • 1 cup finely grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper


  • Add 1 teaspoon salt to a pot of boiling water and add spaghetti. Cook according to package instructions until done (al dente is preferred).
  • Before draining pasta, remove 2 cups of the boiling, starchy pasta water from the pan and set aside. Drain remaining water from pasta and discard.
  • Add the butter and 1 cup of the reserved pan water back into the pot with the pasta. Swirl gently to combine.
  • As the butter melts, add half of the cheese and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the pasta and continue stirring. The pasta will become creamy as the cheese and butter melt into the hot pasta water.
  • Add the remaining cheese and additional pepper if you’d like and stir until the ingredients are well combined and most of the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  • Serve immediately. Garnish with a sprinkle of cheese, salt, and/or pepper if you’d like.


Nutrition Information:

Calories: 409kcal (20%)Carbohydrates: 43g (14%)Protein: 16g (32%)Fat: 19g (29%)Saturated Fat: 11g (55%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mg (16%)Sodium: 1085mg (45%)Potassium: 153mg (4%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 545IU (11%)Calcium: 312mg (31%)Iron: 1mg (6%)