Cacio e pepe spaghetti

2012/11/12 14:47:49
I have made this for myself for ages..did not realise it was an actual recipe. Strange how we enjoy this and you open your eyes out the world and realise that others are enjoying this too.
What could be easier..and honestly..i do not think it needs a recipe.
I did not realise how popular it was though..that is the part that bemused me.
Serves 4 people or six as a starter
1 pack spaghetti
2 handfuls grated percorino cheese
4-6 tbls (i just cut off a big chunk from the stick) unsalted butter
liberal amounts of freshly ground black pepper.
Cook pasta al dente, or soft, or however you like it, reserve about two ladlefuls or so of pasta cooking water. Drain pasta, Return the pasta and water to the pot, add the remaining ingredients and stir until it all melts and amalgamates into a sauce. Serve hot. I do not add more grated cheese..but if you like, gild the lily. You might like more cheese in the sauce. Only has to be a sharp Italian cheese..Parmagiano is also good too..but i like it with pecorino best.
I do add a bit of parsley right when you are to serve it..but that is my preference.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/12 15:02:01
That's pasta al burro. With fettucine and Parmigiano Reggiano it's what has come to be called by some Fettucine Alfredo.
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/12 15:16:30
Hmm..we always called it cacio e pepe. Sometimes i add butter and most times..just cheese, black pepper and hot pasta and some cooking water.
Pasta all burro is just pasta and butter.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/12 16:54:21
Cacio e pepe is a very traditional dish in Italy -- so I was told while in Rome last spring as I was enjoying it at a restaurant.  My Italian friend said that everyone makes this at home, and sometimes they don't get it exactly right in bigger kitchens.  This one, however, was absolutely divine!    Chris

Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/12 17:00:41
If I asked my grandmother for macaroni (which is what she called ALL pasta) and cheese this is what I got. The first time I ate that orange crap from a box at a friend's house I was shocked! She went a bit light on the pepper for the kids.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/12 18:37:09
Tony, when I grew up all my friends' grandmothers called all pasta macaroni.
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/13 13:05:16
yummy for the pix you posted Ayersian. 
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/13 14:05:56
I didn't know it was called anything, I make a version of this also, adding dill and a little olive oil. I'll use it as a side dish with chicken for the most part, if it's the entree I'll finish it in a saute pan with some fresh vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, etc.).
Re:Cacio e pepe spaghetti 2012/11/14 13:51:58
Seamus--yummy additions..those veggies would work well with them