Cacio e Pepe Recipe — In case you’re looking for the perfect date night pasta, this is it!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I, Alex, wanted to share with you one of my favorite date-night meals, Cacio e Pepe.
Literally translated as cheese and pepper, this minimalist date night pasta and cheese requires only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. Since no one wants to fuss in the kitchen on a romantic night in, put this pasta on your must-make list.
How can you go wrong with cheese and pasta? Even those of you who don’t enjoy cooking will find joy with this recipe. It’s practically fool-proof and will impress anyone you end up serving it to.
Trust me, I’ve served this to many boyfriends (and now husband) over the years, all with rave reviews.
For the ultimate date-night in, enjoy with a bottle of your favorite red wine (and maybe a salad to balance all that cheese!). A classic Chianti or Sangiovese will balance the peppery pasta just perfectly.
Besides the perfect date-night dish, this pasta makes an excellent last minute meal whenever the craving strikes. Healthier than fettuccini alfredo, but just as delicious, this is comfort food done right. What’s your go-to date night meal?
How to Make Date Night Cacip e Pepe Pasta Recipe
Date Night Cacio e Pepe
- Pasta pan
- Pasta strainer
- 8 oz pasta (I love fresh fettuccini, bucatini or spaghetti)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (can sub Parmigiano Reggiano)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. For the best tasting pasta, liberally salt the pot of water before you add the pasta. This will reduce the amount of salt you need to add later or create flavorful strands of pasta before you add the sauce.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and cook until melted. Stir in the freshly cracked black pepper and reduce heat to low, stirring often.
- Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of the cooked pasta water. This part is essential! You want the starchy pasta water to help the sauce cling to the cooked noodles. Add the ½ cup of water to the melted butter pan and stir to combine.
- Remove the pan from heat and add in the drained pasta along with the freshly grated cheese and toss to combine. Divide into bowls and serve immediately!