Foolproof cacio e pepe from Smitten Kitchen by Elizabeth Minchilli and Deb Perelman

  • pecorino Romano cheese
  • spaghetti pasta
  • black peppercorns

Where’s the full recipe - why can I only see the ingredients?

Always check the publication for a full list of ingredients. An Eat Your Books index lists the main ingredients and does not include 'store-cupboard ingredients' (salt, pepper, oil, flour, etc.) - unless called for in significant quantity.

Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    Can substitute tonnarelli pasta for spaghetti pasta.

  • hirsheys on May 31, 2019

    This wasn't quite foolproof for me - it got a tad clumpy when I added the pasta water and actually got a little soupy. Next time, I'm not going to do that - it was working great up until that point. Still, it was tasty and very easy.

  • slouj on November 05, 2018

    Fabulous recipe - the method worked like a charm and resulted in the perfect weeknight supper dish. Used Parmesan instead of Pecorino and still tasted amazing, although added a good pinch of salt as recommended.

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Reviews about this recipe

  • Kitchn

    I’ve probably cooked them all in my attempt to find a foolproof method and they’ve all let me down...she finally figured how to solve the problem...

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