Cacio E Pepe
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About Cacio E Pepe
By: Sous Chef Myka
This cacio e pepe recipe is the perfect way to enjoy this classic Italian dish. Bucatini pasta is tossed with a creamy cheese sauce and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper, resulting in a dish that is both comforting and delicious. This recipe can be easily scaled up or down, making it perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as a personal meal. Whether you’re a fan of Italian cuisine or just looking for a new pasta recipe to try, this cacio e pepe is sure to please.
- 1 & ¼ Cups Pecorino Cheese
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 & ½ Tsp Black Pepper
- ½ Lbs Bucatini
- 2 Tbsp Butter
How to prepare cacio e pepe
Cacio e pepe is a classic Italian recipe that is simple, yet delicious. The dish consists of pasta tossed with Pecorino cheese and pepper. While the ingredients are few, the key to making a good cacio e pepe is to get the proportions just right. Too much cheese and the dish will be heavy, too little and it will be bland. With a little practice, you’ll be able to make a perfect cacio e pepe every time.
Step by Step Instructions
Grate 1 ¼ cups of Pecorino cheese on the smallest holes of a box grater. Set aside.
Heat 3 tablespoons of Olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
Add 1 ½ teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper until pepper barely starts to sizzle. Turn off the heat.
Place ½ pound of bucatini or pasta of your choice in a large skillet and cover with water. Season heavily with salt and then bring to a boil over high heat.
About 2 minutes before the pasta is Al Dente, add 3 tablespoons of pasta water to the olive oil and pepper mixture and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter.
When the pasta is al dente, use tongs to transfer the pasta to the oil and pepper mixture, reserving your pasta water.
Add most of the pecorino cheese, reserving enough cheese to top the pasta once plated.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over pasta and stir with a fork until cheese is completely melted. Add more pasta water to the skillet to adjust consistency until the sauce is creamy and coats the pasta.
Serve immediately with the remaining pecorino and additional black pepper.
Cacio E Pepe
- Saturated Fat 100% 100%
- Cholesterol 100% 100%
- Dietary Fiber 100% 100%
- Sugars 100% 100%
- Sodium 100% 100%
- Protein 100% 100%