Cacio e Pepe—which literally means cheese and pepper—might be the easiest pasta recipe you can make at home. For a really creamy and delicious dish, go for good-quality ingredients and remember to keep the heat setting on low.
Takes 20 minutes
Makes 2 servings
200 grams spaghetti
Water, as needed
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
1 cup Pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 Bring a medium pot filled halfway up with water to the boil. Lightly season water with salt. Add pasta, stir to prevent sticking, and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until al dente. Set aside and reserve the pasta water.
2 Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over low heat, heat olive oil and add black pepper. Cook the pepper until fragrant.
3 Using tongs, transfer spaghetti to the pan, letting pasta water drip into the pan to help bind the sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, and stir vigorously until cheese has melted and forms a light sauce. Add more pasta water if the sauce seems too dry. Cook over low heat until cheese melts. Serve immediately.