Cacio e pepe

Cacio e pepe

Simple pasta with cheese and pepper makes cacio e pepe a comforting, classic Italian recipe that is perfect for an easy, quick, vegetarian weeknight dinner.
Course Pasta, Vegetarian
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g spaghetti/Linguini
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons cracked pepper to taste
  • cups finely grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving.


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente.
  • In the meantime, melt together the butter and olive oil over low heat and add the pepper. Allow the pepper to toast in the butter/oil until fragrant.
  • When the pasta is cooked, reserve 2 cups of water and drain. Toss the pasta into the pan with the butter and pepper and add the cheese and 1/2 cup of water. Toss and turn the pasta in the sauce until creamy, adding 1/2 cup of cooking water at a time to loosen the sauce and add more creaminess.
  • Transfer to bowls then top with more cheese and serve.