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Cacio E Pepe

This simple yet delicious italian recipe is a quick and easy way to impress with only 4 ingredients; pasta, butter, parmesan and black pepper.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 819 kcal


  • 200 g dried spaghetti
  • 70 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt to taste


  • Place the spaghetti in a pan of slightly salted boiling water, cover and leave for 10-12 minutes.
  • With 5 minutes to go, add half of the butter to a pan on a medium heat. Once melted and bubbling (around 1 minute) add the ground black pepper and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add a ladle of the pasta water, the other half of the butter and all of the parmesan cheese to the pan and stir. Continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Drain the spaghetti before adding it to the pan and stir until the pasta is completely coated in the sauce. Serve with a pinch of salt and some more ground black pepper.


If the sauce is too thin, continue to cook until it thickens to your liking. If too thick, add a little more pasta water. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 819kcal

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