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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars
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"This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese."
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Ingredients

23 m servings 806
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Scoop out some of the cooking water and reserve. Drain spaghetti.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spaghetti and Pecorino Romano cheese. Ladle in 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water; stir until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Add more cooking water until sauce coats spaghetti, about 1 minute more.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute butter for the olive oil if preferred. For a thicker or thinner sauce, adjust how much pasta water you add. If you add too much water, add some more cheese.
  • I have added other ingredients depending on my main dish to enhance flavors (like pancetta); I always experiment when creating food.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 806 calories; 36 87.8 31.6 54 633 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

This is a classic Italian recipe. My family is from the Italian Alps and use Dairy products profusely in cooking. This is a go to for me when I have left over pasta. Use SALTED BUTTER and FRY...

Most helpful critical review

I made a huge mistake when I made this. I made it with thin wheat spaghetti. I should have used regular so unless you want a mucky mess, use regular spaghetti.

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This is a classic Italian recipe. My family is from the Italian Alps and use Dairy products profusely in cooking. This is a go to for me when I have left over pasta. Use SALTED BUTTER and FRY...

Super simple and quick to make! If you're a college student like I am, this is a thousand times better than ramen! I just added a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to add some heat and voíla!

This dish is easy to make, and it's delicious! I bought a Kitchenaid Pasta Press, and I have been experimenting with a variety of recipes. This one is a keeper! I added Aleppo pepper at the end ...

Added butter to oil and parsley and red flakes for more flavour

Simple goodness on a plate. I have made this as a quick dinner for myself and wife a few times and it never disappoints. Sometimes I add some extra vegetation, but as a whole, this recipe is g...

An Italian classic. I left out the garlic and oil. Thank you for the recipe.

This is a variation on the classic Roman dish except the Romans don't add garlic. The name is cacio e pepe: cheese and pepper. The addition of garlic changes the dish but it is still tasty. Thi...

I made a huge mistake when I made this. I made it with thin wheat spaghetti. I should have used regular so unless you want a mucky mess, use regular spaghetti.

So fast and easy! And delicious! I added some shrimp because I had some.