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Perfect Cacio e Pepe

Serves 6 to 8
Time 15 min
With this six-ingredient recipe for cheese and pepper pasta, the hardest thing you’ll do is grind a full tablespoon of black pepper, but it’s worth it! Because there are so few ingredients in this classic Roman dish, quality is key — make sure the pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano are freshly grated and use your very best olive oil. Watch our how-to video.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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Method

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 

Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 6 minutes. 

Just before draining pasta, reserve 3/4 cup cooking water.

Heat butter and oil in a wide, deep skillet over medium heat. 

When oil is shimmering, add pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. 

Using tongs, transfer pasta to the skillet and add reserved water, stirring to coat. 

Add cheese and salt and toss quickly until sauce is creamy and noodles are evenly coated. 

Serve immediately, garnished with cheese.

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  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.