Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

For the more sophisticated of us here, you can refer to this dish as Cacio e Pepe.  Or if your like me, cheese and pepper works just as good!

There is nothing better than digging into this bowl of cheesy pasta.

I like to think of this dinner as one of my balanced dinners.  It may not look like what a typical nutritionist would eat but it makes me feel happy and to me that’s healthy.


  • Pasta
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup pecorino, finely grated

To make:

  1. Bring water to a boil.  Season with salt.  Add pasta and cook until about 2 minutes before tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in a large frypan over medium heat.
  4. Add pepper and cook, about 1 minute.
  5. Add 1/2 cup reserved water to frypan and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add pasta and remaining butter.
  7. Reduce heat to low and add parmesan, stirring until melted.
  8. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, stirring until melted and the sauce coats the pasta.
  9. Add a little extra pasta water if it seems too dry.
  10. Transfer to bowls and enjoy this as much as I do!

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