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Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper)

Tasty Team

Under 30 minutes

Under 30 minutes


for 4 servings

  • salt, to taste
  • ½ lb spaghetti (225 g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 oz grated parmesan cheese (115 g), or pecorino romano cheese

Nutrition Info

    Calories 431
    Fat 20g
    Carbs 43g
    Fiber 1g
    Sugar 1g
    Protein 17g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the package instructs, until al dente. Save 1 cup (240 ml) pasta water, then drain.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, butter, and pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Stir in the reserved pasta water.
  4. Toss in the cooked pasta. Reduce the heat to low.
  5. Add the Parmesan and toss until the cheese is melted and the pasta is well-coated.
  6. Season with salt, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

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