Cacio E Pepe

Getting home late after a long day, sometimes all I want is a simple pasta. Simple, but delicious, this dish has many dimensions. The saltiness of the pecorino and parmesan contrasts the cracked black pepper and the butter makes it super smooth to taste.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup pecorino
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
  1. Boil 6 oz. of any type of pasta that you prefer in salty water. I prefer angel hair pasta or even capellini, but you can use whatever you prefer. You can adjust this pasta recipe to a smaller portion if you are just making for one person.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse quickly with cold water. Drop a few teaspoons of butter and let it melt down.
  3. Using a Microplane, grate a 1/3  cup each fresh parmasean and pecorino. If you only have parmesan, you can just use that as well. Pour into the pasta and toss.
  4. Add about a teaspoon or two of fresh cracked black pepper and toss. It may seem like a lot, but the pepper adds a lot of flavor and the more, the better!
  5. Ta-da!

If you’d like to make this a full meal, you can top it with pretty much anything. In the picture below, I roasted an herb coated pork tenderloin, sliced and served over the pasta and then drizzled a homemade pesto oil over it all. It was so yummy and can be used in so many different ways. Try tossing in some lemon, oil and shrimp!IMG_0632

I like to think of this as an adult version of ramen noodles. Enjoy!

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Cacio E Pepe