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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Jennifer Torrey-Manning

"This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese."
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23 m servings 806 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 806 kcal
  • 40%
  • Fat:
  • 36 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 87.8g
  • 28%
  • Protein:
  • 31.6 g
  • 63%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 633 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Scoop out some of the cooking water and reserve. Drain spaghetti.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spaghetti and Pecorino Romano cheese. Ladle in 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water; stir until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Add more cooking water until sauce coats spaghetti, about 1 minute more.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute butter for the olive oil if preferred. For a thicker or thinner sauce, adjust how much pasta water you add. If you add too much water, add some more cheese.
  • I have added other ingredients depending on my main dish to enhance flavors (like pancetta); I always experiment when creating food.

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An Italian classic. Perfect and simple! Thank you for the recipe.

It was so good that my daughter just asked for it again, simple and quick to make. A good cheap meal.

Super simple and quick to make! If you're a college student like I am, this is a thousand times better than ramen! I just added a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to add some heat and voíla!

Delicious! I really love pasta dishes like this...simple and full of flavor! The whole family enjoyed this one...a definite keeper~YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Simple goodness on a plate. I have made this as a quick dinner for myself and wife a few times and it never disappoints. Sometimes I add some extra vegetation, but as a whole, this recipe is g...

Added butter to oil and parsley and red flakes for more flavour

So fast and easy! And delicious! I added some shrimp because I had some.

I made this exactly as written except I only used half the amount of pepper and angel hair instead of spaghetti. We really liked the flavor but it was tough to use the long noodles. I will mak...

it was very flavorful

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