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cheese and pepper noodles, close up (cacio e pepe)

Cacio e Pepe: Cheese and Pepper Noodles

Melinda | Missouri Girl
Cacio e Pepe is a very simple 15 minute Italian dish that is as delicious as it is easy
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1/2 lb uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta water
  • 2 ounces Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese grated
  • additional freshly ground pepper and cheese for garnish optional


  • Fill a medium sauce pan halfway with water.
  • Add the salt to the water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add the spaghetti noodles and boil until al dente, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile add the freshly ground pepper to a large skillet.
  • Add the butter.
  • Heat over medium low heat until butter is melted.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water to the skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Drain the pasta and add to skillet. Increase heat to medium high and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  • Check the pasta for tenderness, continue cooking if too firm.
  • Add the grated cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and coats the noodles.
  • Plate and finish with extra freshly ground pepper and cheese if desired.
Keyword 15 minute meals, easy pasta recipe, quick pasta recipe