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4 ingredient Cacio e Pepe Recipe that will catapult you into pasta heaven

Cacio e Pepe. Cheese, pasta, pepper, and salt. Your new favorite pasta will be ready to go, with a glass of Frascati, in 25 minutes. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2


  • ½ lb (8 oz) linguine pasta
  • 1-½ c (4 oz) Pecorino Romano, freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoon whole tellicherry peppercorns, cracked
  • c pasta water
  • Salt


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and generously add salt
  • In the meantime, finely grate cheese, crush the peppercorns, and mix in a bowl
  • Add pasta to boiling water and stir for the first couple minutes
  • Taste the pasta water, make sure you taste the salt
  • A minute before the pasta is perfectly al dente, use tongs to transfer pasta into a skillet
  • Add ⅓ c hot pasta water to the skillet
  • Add finely grated cheese and cracked peppercorns and stir for about 1 minute until the cheese melts and clings to the pasta
  • Serve