Cacio e Pepe

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cacio e pepe grind black pepper italian dish victoria gourmet recipe

Simple, elegant and satisfying this traditional Italian dish requires just 20 minutes and basic ingredients. The single most important ingredient is the pepper, after all Cacio e Pepe translates to cheese and pepper. Our Chef's Grind Black Pepper is coarsely ground, pungent in both aroma and flavor, a perfect match for the saltiness of  Pecorino-Romano


Kosher salt
1 pound spaghetti, linguini or other dry pasta
6 tablespoons tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups Pecorino Romano, finely grated

Recipe Info

Difficulty Level: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Total Time: 
20 minutes
Serving size: 


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta. Cook according to package directions for al dente.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 6 tablespoons olive oil and the Chef's Grind Black Pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
4. Transfer 1/2 cup of pasta water to the skillet. Stir well. Then add in the butter and cheese, stirring until the cheese has melted. Add more pasta water if needed to create a creamy sauce.
5. Using tongs quickly transfer the hot pasta into the cheese-pepper mixture. Toss vigorously to coat the pasta, adding the reserved pasta water as needed.
6. Finish the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.


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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Love that you encourage one of our favorite Tuscan recipes. I think though that authenticity would urge to use the traditional pasta associated with this dish- pici (which in our opinion needs to be discovered by Americans). We have found a reasonable alternative to be bucatini, which is readily available. Spaghetti just doesn't do this dish justice. If you have further interest, we can provide information about where to find pici.

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Try this recipe with spiralized zucchini, a delicious lighter version of a classic dish
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