Jessica Seinfeld's Cacio e Pepe

Jessica Seinfeld's Cacio e Pepe
Jessica Seinfeld's Cacio e Pepe

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 3

    tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 to 2

    teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 1

    cup (4 oz.) grated pecorino

  • 1/2

    cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan

  • 1

    box (1 lb.) whole wheat or regular spaghetti

Directions

About an hour ahead of time, take the butter out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Fill a large pot with water (to about 1 inch from the top). Place on the stove and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Place a colander in the sink. Meanwhile, crack the pepper using the bottom of a small skillet until all of the peppercorns are cracked. In a large bowl, using a silicone spatula, combine the pecorino, Parmesan, butter, and cracked pepper until the mixture is crumbly. When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Once the pasta is al dente, use a liquid measuring cup to take ½ cup of the pasta water from the pot; set aside. Drain the pasta into the colander. Immediately add the pasta and ¼ cup of the pasta water to the large bowl and stir to combine until the cheeses have melted. Add more pasta water, if necessary, for a creamier consistency.

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