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Cacio e Pepe – Healthyish Foods

Cacio e Pepe

This cacio e pepe recipe is fantastic because it only requires 6 ingredients and one pan. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, this recipe is loaded with flavor.
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  • 8 ounces spaghetti, al dente, Delallo Spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper, If you do not have cracked black pepper, use about 1-2 teaspoons of regular.
  • ¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, or Parmesan Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water , use as much as you need to get a creamy smooth sauce


  • pasta pot
  • skillet
  • grater
  • measuring cups
  • tongs
  • wooden spoon


  • Boil a pot of water and season it with salt.
  • Cook the pasta al dente.
  • Reserve about ¾ cup pasta water.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil, cracked black pepper and salt.
  • Once the pepper is fragrant, add the cooked pasta. Toss well.
  • Next, add some of the pasta water and the grated cheese. Toss well.
  • Add as much pasta water as you need to help the cheese fully melt.
  • Finally, add the butter and stir until the pasta and the sauce are smooth and creamy.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 399kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 860mg, Potassium: 164mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 261IU, Calcium: 220mg, Iron: 1mg