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Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (Roman Sheep Herder's Pasta)

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"This peasant food comes from Roman sheep herders who had little time and money to spend on eating. They used their sheep's cheese and a bit of the water that cooked the pasta to create a cream, then added black pepper to give it some extra flavor. Cheap, easy, and fast: this was perfect for them and for us even today!"
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25 m servings 438
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cook bucatini in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place grated Pecorino Romano cheese into a large glass bowl and mix with a fork to make sure the cheese contains no lumps.
  3. Once the bucatini are al dente, lift them out with a spaghetti fork or tongs and put them directly into the bowl with the cheese. Do not allow the water to drain too much.
  4. Add one ladle of pasta water to the bowl. Stir the bucatini around until a cream has formed. Add more pasta water, little by little, until a thick cream has formed. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over the pasta. Toss and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 438 calories; 11.9 59 22.5 41 870 Full nutrition

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This is a personal favourite. I learned out to make it when Anthony Bourdain said it was one of his favourites, and now I make it all the time because it's easy and everyone likes it.

I made this as a side dish and it was a big hit with my boys.

Made it with spaghetti squash and added boules of mozzarella... Light fresh and so yummy