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Cacio e Pepe Traditional

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Cacio e Pepe Traditional

21 minutes total

  • Moderate
  • Traditional

Pasta cacio e pepe is a simple yet delicious Italian dish that has gained worldwide popularity for its creamy and cheesy flavor. This classic Roman pasta dish is a staple in most Italian households and is perfect for those who want to enjoy a quick and easy meal without sacrificing taste. In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make the best pasta for cacio e pepe, as well as a simple and creamy cacio e pepe recipe.Best Pasta for Cacio e Pepe:To make the perfect cacio e pepe, it's essential to choose the right pasta. The best pasta for cacio e pepe is spaghetti or spaghetti, but you can also use spaghetti alla chitarra. These pasta shapes are ideal because they can hold the sauce well and provide the perfect balance of texture and flavor.



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Serves 4

1 Box Barilla® Spaghetti​
100 ml Extra-virgin olive oil​
1 ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese​
TIP Salt and coarsely ground black pepper​


TIP This traditional recipe from Lazio is also excellent with spaghetti and spaghetti alla chitarra.​


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions. *Such a line meets the VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, LACTOSE-FREE AND KOSHER needs


Step 1

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti until it's "al dente".​

  • Spaghetti

Step 2

In a small pan toast the ground black pepper. Add a small cup of cooking water and turn off the heat.​

  • Ground black pepper

Step 3

In a bowl, mix the Pecorino with the olive oil and 2 to 3 tablespoons of pasta water. Season it with salt if necessary.​

  • Pecorino
  • olive oil

Step 4

Drain the pasta and put it in the pan with pepper and cooking water. Add the Pecorino mixture off the heat and toss it well.  Serve hot.​

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Making pasta cacio e pepe is a straightforward and easy process that can be done with just a few simple ingredients. By following the steps mentioned in this article, you can create a delicious and creamy cacio e pepe dish that will satisfy your taste buds. Don't hesitate to try this traditional Italian recipe and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills.