Pasta Cacio e Pepe

Pasta Cacio e Pepe

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Cacio e Pepe, meaning ‘cheese and pepper’ in Italian, is a simple recipe that is popular in Rome and Sicily. Because this dish only requires a few key ingredients, they should be of the highest quality in order to achieve the best possible flavor.


  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 1 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely freshly ground peppercorns
  • Sea salt


  1. Cook the pasta ‘al dente’ according to package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 2/3 cup of the pasta water, and then place the pasta back into the pot.
  2. Add the cheese, butter, fresh pepper and reserved water to the pot, along with a few pinches of sea salt. Toss the mixture well to combine and then serve immediately.


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