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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe Recipe: Simple, Delicious and Perfect for a Quick Meal

Who doesn’t love pasta? It’s probably one of the most loved foods in the world. Everyone, from kids to adults, loves eating pasta. Preparing it can be a little tricky sometimes, especially if you’re trying to make something flavorful but quick and easy to make at home. Using only a few simple ingredients, this spaghetti cacio e pepe recipe is perfect for anyone who’s looking for an easy alternative to heavier meals. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and it has a lot of flavor thanks to the use of just a few simple ingredients. There are many versions of this classic dish out there, but we think you’ll love this particular one!

What is Cacio e Pepe?

Cacio e Pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper” in Italian. It’s a simple dish with a ton of flavor, and it’s very easy to make. Traditionally, this Italian dish was made with Pecorino cheese, but you can use Parmesan as well. Cacio e Pepe is perfect as a light lunch or dinner. It’s a classic Italian dish, and it’s the perfect example of simple Italian cooking. You can make it with spaghetti, or you can make it with penne or even rigatoni. This dish is made with olive oil, black pepper and sheep’s milk cheese (or Parmesan). The beauty of this dish is that you can easily adjust the amount of pepper and cheese to suit your individual taste. This is a great dish for kids because it can be adjusted to be just the right amount of spiciness for them.

Ingredients for Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

  • Serves 4 - 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese

How to make Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe?

First, heat up a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packaging. While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil, black pepper and butter in a large skillet and heat it on medium-high until the butter has melted. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the skillet and toss it with the pepper, butter and olive oil until it’s well coated. Remove from heat and add the finely grated Parmesan cheese.

Tips for making the best Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

  • Before you start making this recipe, make sure that you have all your ingredients ready. This dish comes together quickly, so you don’t want to be searching for missing ingredients while it’s cooking.
  • You can use spaghetti, rigatoni or penne to make this recipe. You can also make it with both spaghetti and penne or rigatoni. You can even make it with just spaghetti or just penne since they are smaller and take less time than the others.
  • If you like your pasta a little bit more al dente, make sure to cook it a bit less than the instructions on the packaging recommend.
  • You can also make this dish with Parmesan and no pepper if you want to make it milder.



What Kevin likes best about food are the filling breakfasts, quick-to-prepare pastas inspired by sunny Italy and delicious desserts that aren't too sweet. Read Kevin's favorite recipes and don't be afraid to experiment in the kitchen!

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