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Cacio e Pepe Pasta

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October 25 is World Pasta Day so this is a Cacio e Pepe Pasta (cheese & pepper) which is a simple dish made with simple ingredients – deliciousness!!!

Cacio e pepe is a pasta dish from the cuisine of the city of Rome. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” in several central Italian dialects. In keeping with its name, the dish contains grated Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper, together with spaghetti, or traditionally tonnarelli.

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Cacio e Pepe Pasta

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It’s time to indulge in the delicious world of Cacio e Pepe Pasta! This classic Italian dish features a creamy, cheesy, and peppery sauce that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. 

Want to try making it at home? Check out our easy-to-follow recipe and create a mouthwatering masterpiece in your own kitchen.

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian


Units Scale
  • 500g Spaghetti (any long pasta)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 100g Parmesan (grated)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Cook the pasta as per box instructions, drain but reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, add in the black pepper, and simmer for a few minutes then add in the pasta and the pasta water.
  3. Toss then sprinkle over the parmesan and allow it to slowly melt into the liquid creating a sauce.
  4. Add more pasta water (if needed) and toss to coat in the sauce.
  5. Serve and enjoy!!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 619
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Sodium: 432.3 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 94.4 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 25.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.3 mg

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Elevate your pasta game with the irresistible charm of Cacio e Pepe

What is Cacio e pepe made of?

Traditionally, cacio e pepe (pronounced: kaa-chee-ow ee peh-pay) is made with just three ingredients: aged pecorino Romano cheese, freshly ground black pepper, and pasta, usually spaghetti; plus the starchy water from cooking the noodles. You don’t have to go to Rome to enjoy cacio e pepe.

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