Cacio e pepe is Italian for cheese and pepper and makes the most incredible pasta dish ever. Simple, easy and quick meal to have during a busy week.
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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is a simple "Cheese & Pepper" pasta and will be your go-to dinner solution on busy days when you're hungry and don't have a lot of time to cook a big meal.
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cacio e Pepe
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Author Kelly Pugliano | Eat Picks®


  • 1 box Thin spaghetti cooked according to package directions.
  • 1 cup pecorino romano cheese grated ( I use Locatelli)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas optional


  • Bring pot of water to a boil, THEN add enough salt for it to be VERY salty- like the ocean.
  • Add pasta and cook al dente. (If using peas, add in the pasta water last 2 minutes of cook time)
  • While pasta is cooking, in sauté pan, melt butter and add freshly ground black pepper to infuse.
  • When pasta is finished, remove 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  • Add pasta to the sauté pan and the reserved pasta water. Stir to coat.
  • Add grated Romano cheese and gently stir until noodles are coated and creamy.