Classic Cacio e Pepe
When my husband asked me what I wanted for dinner on my last birthday, which fell on a humdrum Tuesday, cacio e pepe was my answer. Besides the fact that it’s basically grown up macaroni & cheese, it’s creamy and decadent and delicious without (ironically) any cream. Paired with a massive green salad and a bottle of Sangiovese, my birthday was made.
This 4-ingredient pasta dish is nearly foolproof, 100% restaurant-worthy, and turns an ordinary Tuesday into a celebration.
So my husband got my boys in the kitchen, and they worked together to make my cacio e pepe wish come true.
So, What does Cacio e Pepe mean?
Cacio e pepe translates to ‘cheese and pepper’ and can be found on almost every menu in the city of Rome. (As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love Rome!) There are only 4 ingredients in classic cacio y pepe recipes. Some people like to add a bit of butter, and adjust the pepper to taste. With a hefty 2 teaspoons of ground pepper, it definitely packs a kick that spice lovers will enjoy. It’s not your standard chili spice kind of heat, but a more subtle, earthy heat that you feel at the back of your palate — that I adore.
In my directions below, you’ll see the in the first step to boil pasta in “water that is salty like the sea.” You’ll want to really give your water a heavy dose of salt not only to flavor the pasta, but because that starchy water gets reserved to create the silky sauce, and it needs to have some flavor to it.
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