Cacio E Pepe

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Cook In:

10 min

Prep In:

5 min


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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.

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  • 1 & ¼ Cups Pecorino Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 & ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ Lbs Bucatini
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 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.

Cacio E Pepe

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Grate 1 ¼ cups of Pecorino cheese on the smallest holes of a box grater. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat 3 tablespoons of Olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

Step 3

Add 1 ½ teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper until pepper barely starts to sizzle. Turn off the heat.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

When the pasta is al dente, use tongs to transfer the pasta to the oil and pepper mixture, reserving your pasta water.

Step 7

Add most of the pecorino cheese, reserving enough cheese to top the pasta once plated.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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%
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