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.
Keyword Cacio e pepe, Cacio e pepe pasta, Cacio e pepe recipe
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 15minutes
Author Alida Ryder
2-3teaspoonscracked pepperto taste
1½cupsfinely 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.