Easy 5 ingredient Cacio e Pepe

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
Author Julie Blanner


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


  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 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.