Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

August 26, 2019
Being creative in the kitchen can be challenging.  There are so many delicious foods to make, but sometimes our busy lifestyles can take over and make cooking something new or different seem like a daunting task.  This pasta dish will come together very quickly, basically in the time it takes to boil the Spaghetti. This pasta  is simply named after its ingredients... Cacio for the cheese, and pepe for the pepper. When making any dish with so  very few ingredients,  it is especially important to use the very best ingredients that you can buy.  Imported Italian Cheese, organic unsalted butter, and of course freshly cracked pepper is best, whether you use a pepper grinder, a mortar and pestle, or crack your peppercorns using the bottom of a heavy sauté pan. You will love this Pasta dish which was created in Rome...
Buon appetito!

Yield: 4 Servings

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

A quick and delicious dish created in Rome, popular all over Italy


  • 2 Tbl butter
  • 2 Tbl  coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/2 cup romano cheese
  • spaghetti 
  • 1/2 starchy pasta water or QB
  • salt for pasta water QB


How to cook Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

  1. *Put pasta in salted boiling water 
  2. *On medium heat, melt butter,  add pepper, swirl pan to "toast pepper" about 1         minute
  3. *remove about 1/2 cup starchy pasta water to a bowl and add 1/2 of each of the cheeses and stir with a whisk to create a slurry
  4. *on low heat add slurry to pepper and butter stir quickly  mixing well
  5. *when pasta is about 2 minutes from being "al dente", add pasta to sauce pan stirring quickly,  add a little pasta water and stir until sauce is thickened, 
  6. *toss in remaining cheese,  stir well,  serve immediately


No need to drain the pasta well, you need the starch to make the sauce . Q B " quanto basta" meaning "as much as is needed" You will see this on most Italian recipes To see this recipe video, tap the Youtube link on the top of the home page on this blog
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In addition to food and everything to do with cooking, I love decorating and gardening. I look for inspiration around me and to be inspired by something beautiful and make it my own makes me happy.


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