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cacio e pepe
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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe is a pasta dish that hails from Rome. It means "cheese and pepper" and for such a simple dish, it is incredibly delicious.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cheese, Pasta
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Laura


  • 4 oz fresh spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 oz Pecorino Romano cheese Aged 18+ months
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Season with salt.
  • Add spaghetti to the pot and stir occasionally until al dente, around 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine grated Pecorino Romano cheese, olive oil, and ¼ cup of the boiling water in a heavy skillet over medium heat, creating a cream. Grind black pepper into the skillet to taste.
  • Once the pasta is fully cooked, drain it in a strainer and add it to the skillet. Mix the pasta with the cream sauce. Add more olive oil or black pepper to achieve a lighter consistency.
  • Finish the dish with a dusting of Pecorino cheese and additional cracked black pepper.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 1mg