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Cacio E Pepe

October 28

Just 3 simple ingredients needed for this recipe, that creates a luscious creamy sauce.

  • serves Serves 2
  • time 15 mins


  1. 1. Place a large saucepan of salted water over a high heat, bring to the boil and add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions, drain reserving 200ml of liquid.
  2. 2. Toast the peppercorns in a very hot, dry pan until fragrant, then roughly crush using the back of a wooden spoon or bottom of a glass, remove half a teaspoon to scatter over at the end. Alternatively you can crush the peppercorns before frying in a pestle and mortar if you have one.
  3. 3. Add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Simmer for a minute until slightly reduced.
  4. 4. Add the drained pasta to this and toss to coat the pasta in the sauce, simmer for a minute or two until the pasta has absorbed most of the liquid. Remove from the heat and stir through the cheese, keeping a little back to serve.
  5. 5. Serve straight away in wide bowls with the remaining black pepper and extra cheese sprinkled over the top.


250g good quality spaghetti

2 tsp black peppercorns (or more if you like extra spice)

50g pecorino, finely grated, plus extra to serve