plate of spaghetti with fork
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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

This deliciously simple pasta recipe comes together in 15 minutes.
Cacio e Pepe (pronounced ca-cho ee pepe) translates to “cheese and pepper”. Use the best ingredients to ensure a chef-quality meal when you make this delightfully simple three-ingredient Roman pasta dish.
plate of spaghetti with fork

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

This Classic Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe uses only 3 ingredients – Pecorino Romano cheese, spaghetti, pepper and water.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 400 g spaghetti
  • 180 g Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp black pepper freshly ground


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Immerse the pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally, and cook for about 1 minute less than the time indicated on the package. Reserve 1 cup cooking water.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to a large skillet and simmer over low heat. Add grated Pecorino Romano cheese and pepper to the skillet and stir until creamy. Add more cooking water as needed, 1 tbsp at a time. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet and stir until sauce coats spaghetti, about 2 minutes. If you add too much water, add some more cheese. Serve immediately.
Keyword Spaghetti


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