Cacio e Pepe Pasta Can Make You Feel Better About Everything
Less is more in an elemental Roman pasta dish which takes its spiciness from cracked black pepper toasted in oil.
It’s has been a long day. Maybe work was particularly hard. You picked up the wrong umbrella at H&M (you know, the broken one). Perhaps you got an unexpectedly weird haircut and you’re tired of contending with all the “have you seen a mirror today?” looks. Whatever it is, there’s one thing you can count on to make you feel better at the end of the day: cacio e pepe.
First, it’s super easy to make. You don’t need to dirty multiple pans for sauces and sides, and it only requires a few ingredients. And then there’s the taste. Everything about this pasta recipe is happiness at its most simple. It’s cheesy but not overly cheesy—there’s a thin coating of Pecorino Romano and Cacio de Roma sticking to each strand of spaghetti, with little flecks of pepper interspersed throughout. Cook it in just a little bit of olive oil and your meal is finished with only minimal effort.
Once you’ve finished cooking, we suggest you eat it on the couch. Cozy up under a blanket, prop your feet up on the coffee table, and break out a bottle of red. Whatever happened earlier today, you’re about to be seriously happy.