Recipe: Cacio E Pepe

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A typical Italian Summer feast: baked bread, olive oil, caprese salad, Cacio E Pepe and Rosé wine. How do you say “yum” in Italian?

Cacio E Pepe, which literally translates to “cheese and pepper” is a pasta dish ADORNED with just that. Cacio E Pepe celebrates the beauty of starchy pasta water, which, in combination with grated Parmesan cheese, creates a creamy sauce. COPIOUS amounts of freshly ground black pepper are added and voila! To keep with the RUSTIC edge of this recipe, I like to serve Cacio E Pepe in the pot in which it was cooked immediately after being prepared.

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The Fab Five: 1lb spaghetti, 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, 50 turns in a pepper mill, 1 tbsp salt, 1 pint pasta water (taken straight from the pot after the pasta is cooked)

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While the pasta is cooking according to package instructions, grate the Parmesan cheese.

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After the pasta is finished cooking, save 1 pint of the water and set it aside. Drain the pasta and place it back into the pot.

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Sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese.

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Add in the freshly ground black pepper.

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Pour in the pasta water and stir the entire mixture together.

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You’re done! Eat up!

Photo of cacio e pepe for blog post, "Recipe: Cacio E Pepe," on www.SATgourmet.com, by author of Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T., Charis Freiman-Mendel.

Up close and personal with Cacio E Pepe.

Buon Appetito,

Charis

  • ADORN = decorate
  • RUSTIC = typical of the countryside,
  • COPIOUS = large amounts

 

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