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two bowls of cacio e pepe pasta
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Cacio e Pepe Recipe

In case you're looking for the perfect date night pasta, this Cacio e Pepe recipe is it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pasta
Keyword: Cacio e Pepe
Servings: 2
Calories: 277kcal


  • Pasta pan
  • Skillet
  • Pasta strainer


  • 8 oz pasta either 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
  • Salt


  • 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!


  • Store your cacio e pepe pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat in the oven, put the pasta in a shallow bowl, cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
  • To reheat in the microwave, do the same for the microwave but you'll only need to allot 30 to 60 seconds depending on your serving size.
  • To reheat in a saucepan, keep the pasta covered and reheat on medium to low while stirring occasionally until it's completely warm.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1125IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 1mg