Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Side Dish

This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 806
Preparation time: 5m
Total cooking time: 23m


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  • 1   Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Scoop out some of the cooking water and reserve. Drain spaghetti.
  • 2   Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spaghetti and Pecorino Romano cheese. Ladle in 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water; stir until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Add more cooking water until sauce coats spaghetti, about 1 minute more.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 36g 55%
    Saturated Fat 12.0g  
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 633mg 25%
Potassium 317mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 87.8g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Protein 31.6g 63%
Sugars 3g  
Vitamin A 219IU  
Vitamin C 1mg  
Calcium 585mg  
Iron 5mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 15mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 84mg  
Folate 273mcg