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Cacio e Pepe

It is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot. Why? Because when made right, it is incredible. (Photo: Grant Cornett for The New York Times)

Cacio e Pepe: Technique is All-Important

Everyone’s an expert when it comes to this sublime amalgam of pasta, cheese, and black pepper. Some cooks prefer to simply toss hot pasta with Pecorino Romano in the age-old way. Others like to create a creamy pan sauce, relying primarily on Grana Padano, which, unlike Pecorino, melts beautifully. We’re in the latter camp (and we up the ante by adding the brightness of lemon), but that means technique is all-important.

The Creamiest Cacio e Pepe Ever, Approved by Mario Batali

Cacio e Pepe, one of Rome’s traditional pasta dishes (the others are Carbonara, Matriciana, and Gricia). Since Cacio e Pepe has only three main ingredients -Pecorino Romano cheese, black pepper and pasta-, it might seem an easy recipe to make – but it isn’t.

Cacio e Pepe

A classic Italian pasta dish with simple ingredients that will always be a crowd-pleaser. Cacio e pepe is one of our favorite pasta dishes to make!

Cacio e Pepe

This one-pan pasta sauce is great for hectic weeknight meals—see how we do it with Nest Cam. #caughtonNestCam

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Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker + Stove Top)

Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker + Stove Top Directions) – this soup is COMFORT in a bowl! Kid-friendly and freezer-friendly! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 5 • Calories: 249