Cacio e Pepe

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Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
Jane Bruce

Cacio e Pepe

Perfect in its minimalism, cacio e pepe, directly translated as cheese and pepper, is a real crowd-pleaser, great for a family meal or a dinner that doubles as lunch the next day. For that buttery taste with less fat, this version combines olive oil and butter in a 2:1 combo. A key to this dish is using freshly ground pepper, so get out your pepper mill and grind away.

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Ready in
20 m
3
Servings
472
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6-7 ounces pasta like pappardelle, linguini, or spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the pasta
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

Bring a pot of water to boil, drizzle in some olive oil, and season with a palmful of salt. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil and butter on medium heat. Add the pepper (I usually just grind it in directly) and let cook for a few minutes on low heat.

When the pasta is al dente, use a pasta ladle to transfer the pasta directly from the water to the sauté pan. Toss quickly with the olive oil, butter, and pepper over medium-low heat. Add in about a ¼ cup of the pasta water, the cheese, and salt to taste, then keep tossing the pasta until the sauce thickens. Add more pasta water if too dry. Serve with extra cheese on top and grind on some more pepper if you want.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
37%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Cholesterol
33mg
11%
Protein
15g
31%
Carbs
48g
16%
Vitamin A
54µg
6%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.2%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.6%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
13µg
16%
Calcium
258mg
26%
Fiber
3g
10%
Folate (food)
13µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
13µg
3%
Iron
1mg
7%
Magnesium
46mg
11%
Monounsaturated
13g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
5%
Phosphorus
288mg
41%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
188mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
7.3%
Sodium
320mg
13%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
10%

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