New favorite alert! We absolutely LOVE this simple pasta side dish. I could have actually eaten this as my meal. It was SO good! Cacio e Pepe is literally cheese and pepper. It only has 4 simple ingredients. I would bet that most of you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now!
This only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It is a great side dish for a weeknight meal. We love to eat it with grilled chicken, steak or pork. We've made this several times and it is always delicious!
Cacio e Pepe
adapted from Bon Appetit
- 6 oz thin spaghetti pasta
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed, divided
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water.
In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter.
Reduce heat to low and add 3/4 cup Parmesan, tossing with tongs until melted.
Remove pan from heat; add remaining Parmesan and toss. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to bowls and serve.