Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

    23 minutes

    This Italian 'cheese and pepper' spaghetti is a deliciously simple dinner. It's a great weeknight option that uses 5 ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to make.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g spaghetti
    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 200g grated Pecorino cheese, or more to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:18min  ›  Ready in:23min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Scoop out some of the cooking water and reserve. Drain spaghetti.
    2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spaghetti and grated cheese. Ladle in about 120ml of reserved cooking water; stir until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Add more cooking water until sauce coats spaghetti, about 1 minute more.


    For a thicker or thinner sauce, adjust how much pasta water you add. If you add too much water, add some more grated cheese.

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    An Italian classic. I left out the garlic and oil. Thank you for the recipe.  -  09 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    It was so good that my daughter just asked for it again, simple and quick to make. A good cheap meal.  -  01 Jul 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Super simple and quick to make! If you're a college student like I am, this is a thousand times better than ramen! I just added a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to add some heat and voíla!  -  17 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)