Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) is proof that you can make something delicious that is very simple and has very few ingredients.  But making Cacio e Pepe is more difficult than it should be.  It can clump and turn into a big solid chunk cheese and pasta.  We have a much easier way that uses only 5 ingredients including the pasta, and it makes perfect Cacio e Pepe every time.  However, because you are using only 5 ingredients it is important that you use the best you can get.  Don't try to get by with grated cheese in a cardboard tube with a rotating top, or pepper that has been sitting around for days, weeks, or months.  This stuff is also good on popcorn and steamed veggies.

1 stick
room temperature, salted butter
5 oz (by weight)
Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (the finer, the better)
1 tbl
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp
1 lb
pasta of your choice


Mix the butter with the cheese, black pepper and salt. Roll the butter mixture in parchment paper and freeze until firm.  Grate 3 oz (by weight) of the butter.  Sprinkle it over cooked and drained pasta and stir it in well.  Sprinkle a little grated cheese over everything to make it look pretty.