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CACIO E PEPE RECIPE

mayurisjikoni
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz linguine, bucatini or spaghetti
  • cups water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarse pepper powder freshly ground/cracked
  • 2 cloves garlic finely sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup pecorino romano freshly grated

Instructions
 

  • BOILING THE PASTA:
  • Add the water in a deep saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Add the liguine, bucatini or spaghetti.
  • Cook till the pasta is al dente. This means that it still has a bit of bite but is not raw. In between keep stirring the pasta gently as we have used less water.
  • Remove 2 cups of the starchy water and keep it on the side.
  • Drain out the pasta and remaining water into a colander.
  • Wipe the saucepan clean.
  • Add olive oil and place the pan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and saute it for a few seconds. Don't allow it to burn.
  • Add pepper powder and give it a good stir.
  • Take the pan off the heat.

PREPARATION OF CACIO E PEPE

  • To the saucepan with olive oil, garlic and pepper in it, add the boiled linguine or pasta you have used.
  • Add the butter and 1 cup of starchy water.
  • Toss well till the butter melts.
  • Now add ½ cup more of the starchy water and the grated cheese.
  • Toss it well, till the cheese melts and the sauce coats the linguine or pasta.
  • If required, can add remaining water little at a time. I added just ¼ cup more.

SERVING CACIO E PEPE

  • Serve hot cacio e pepe with extra grated cheese and pepper on top. Or add any vegetable, meat or fresh herbs on top.

Notes

  • Use less water so that you get nice starchy water for the sauce.
  • Use freshly ground or cracked black pepper.
  • Don't over boil the pasta otherwise it will become mushy.
  • Toss well with tongs or a spoon when you add the cheese and starchy water.
  • Don't skip the butter as that also helps to make the sauce creamy.
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