Cacio e Pepe: Cheese & Pepper Pasta

You’ve probably seen this creamy cheesy pasta popping up in your social media new feeds if you follow any chefs or foodies. Its having a bit of a moment really, chef David Chang from Momofuku, Bon Appetite magazine and yours truly, are all obsessed with this super easy, delicious pasta that takes less then 10 minutes to make.

Everyone loves a quick recipe but for chefs or cooks in particular, when you’ve finished a long day standing over a hot stove or chopping board, you want something that’s going to satisfy your tastebuds with minimal effort. The parmesan cheese, which has to be freshly grated, is high in natural msg, which means not matter what its going to taste GOOOOOD!

So jump on the foodie band wagon, make this pasta at home, and take a video of the sumptuous sauce and upload it to your social networks and make all your friends drool. This is one foodie craze Id be happy to keep.

*See our tip below on how to make this pasta even better!

Cacio e Pepe: Cheese & Pepper Pasta

Serves1

Cooked in10 minutes

DifficultyEasy

Ingredients

100g Barilla spaghetti

1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan (plus a little extra for garnish)

Small handful of rock salt

Method

Bring a medium pot of water to a rolling boil. Add in a small handful of salt.

Cook spaghetti for 4-5 minutes. Or half the cooking time as stated on packet.

Meanwhile in a pan, melt 1 tsp butter with 1/2 tsp of freshly cracked pepper. Allow to bubble and cook stirring until pepper is fragrant. Do not brown the butter or burn the pepper.

Add in the remaining butter, the 1/2 cooked spaghetti, and grated parmesan.

Toss to coat and add in a small ladle full of pasta cooking water to loosen mixture and allow the pasta to cook for another 4 minutes till al dente.

Add small amounts of pasta cooking water as needed. You want and silky slightly thick creamy sauce to form. Stir and toss continuously. This will help the starch release from the pasta as you cook it giving you a wonderful textured sauce.

Serve in a warm bowl and finish with a final grating of parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Tip:
Make this pasta even more delicious by stirring in and egg yolk off the heat, and maybe even a grating of fresh truffle when its in season. Divine!

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