Cacio e Pepe

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  • Easy Cacio e Pepe recipe, a simple Roman dish meaning cheese and pepper, which is pretty much all I need in life!


    You'll love this creamy pasta and it only take 5 ingredients and 15 minutes

    Sometimes, I just need a great plate of pasta to complete my day. Pasta is my comfort food. It reminds me of my childhood and eases me into the evening. For me, not much compares. You can have your fried chicken, casseroles and pot pies, but for me, pasta is where it’s at.

    cacio e pepe is an easy, creamy, irresistible pasta recipe

    What is Cacio e Pepe?

    A simple Italian pasta that means cheese and pepper. Little else is needed to make this dish outstanding, so of course we choose those two ingredients wisely.

    5 ingredient creamy cacio e pepe pasta recipe

    This recipe is so creamy, similar to an alfredo, but in my opinion, more refined and flavorful. Say goodbye to garlic and hello to Grana Padano, my personal favorite. Pecorino or parmesan also work well.

    An easy, creamy 5 ingredient pasta recipe - cacio e pepe

    I grate the cheeses on the finest side of my grater so that it melts quickly and easily to coat the pasta for that comforting creamy texture. The opposite applies for pepper – I turn the grinder to adjust for larger cracks of the peppercorns for texture and added flavor.

    5 ingredient creamy cacio e pepe pasta recipe

    The heat melts the cheese and help the pepper bind with the pasta.

    The girls love when I make Cacio e Pepe. The first time I made it for them, I was prepared for a fight. I thought they’d see the pretty little black specks and melt down in tears. They loved it and consider it a special treat {as do I}.

    Easy 5 ingredient Cacio e Pepe

    What is the best wine to serve with Cacio e Pepe?

    Sangiovese. It’s light body and acidity helps balance the dish. Cheers!

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    Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe is a simple pasta dish that is rich and full of flavor for an easy weeknight dinner!

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword easy dinner, fall, pasta, winter
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 4

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb pasta
    • 6 Tbsp butter
    • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
    • 1/3 c grated Grana Padano
    • 1/2 c grated Pecorino*

    Instructions

    1. Boil pasta, drain and reserve ½ c pasta water {set aside}.
    2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add pepper and swirl to toast. 
    3. Add pasta and a ½ c pasta water and stir. Reduce heat to low.
    4. Toss with Grana Padano.
    5. Remove from heat and toss with Pecorino.

    Recipe Notes

    Cheeses are interchangeable...you can use one or both.

     

    I grate the cheeses on the finest side of my grater so that it melts quickly and easily to coat the pasta for that comforting creamy texture. The opposite applies for pepper – I turn the grinder to adjust for larger cracks of the peppercorns for texture and added flavor.

    As you know, I kind of love pasta. If you do, too, I have a lot of great recipes for you.

     

     

     

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