Spaghetti Cacio e pepe – cheese and pepper

cacio-e-pepeSpaghetti cacio e pepe: This is a traditional dish from the region of Lazio. The photograph is Spaghetti Cacio e pepe being served in a Parmesan basket, which is how it is served in many of the best restaurants. However, spaghetti cacio e pepe it’s just a good served directly onto a plate!

NOTE: As with Carbonara, it is better made with freshly ground black pepper.

Ingredients For spaghetti cacio e pepe – serves 2 – 4

  • ¾ lb spaghetti
  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ½ oz grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

  • Cook the spaghetti to al dente in lightly salted, boiling water.
  • In a serving dish, add the cheese and pepper.
  • When the pasta is “al dente”, drain and reserve 2 – 3 tablespoons of the pasta water.
  • Pour the spaghetti into the serving dish with the cheese, adding 2 – 3 tablespoons of the pasta water.
  • Toss all of the ingredients together.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil and serve.
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