Pasta Cacio, Pepe, e Cavolo Nero

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Author Notes: Cacio e Pepe is a traditional dish of Rome. It's very simple and easy to make. One of those comfort dishes that tastes good and pleases all ages. "Cacio" meaning cheese, most commonly used is Pecorino Romano and "Pepe" meaning pepper. This dish is usually made with Spaghetti or Bucatini. I used Bucatini which has a pin hole through it. I always need my greens so I added some lucinato kale "cavolo nero". A poached egg would be a really nice addition. I added a touch of lemon and truffle salt which gave it a nice little boost. Pecorino is naturally really salty so not much additional salt is needed, also it is much more affordable then parmesan making this pretty cost efficient. Nicole Franzen

Serves 2

  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Lemon
  • Sea salt (I used truffle salt, optional)
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt water and cook pasta to directions.
  2. In a large sauté pan on medium-low heat, drizzle a little olive oil, and add 2 cloves of minced garlic. Rinse and cut kale into thin strips, removing the larger part of the ribs that are tough. Add kale to pan and sauté until tender -- about 4 minutes. Grate about a loose cup of Pecorino cheese on a box grater. Drain pasta and immediately add to saute pan. Toss in a couple tablespoons of butter and cheese. Grind a good amount of pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Toss well, adjust seasoning, and serve hot right away. Bon Appetito.

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9 months ago irina

I hope you don't do that when I have dinner at your house. I would end up in the
ER. Allergic to all fish and shellfish. Happened to me at a restaurant that did that.
Cheers, and be careful.


about 1 year ago Blork

Wait a sec... serves two? A pound of bucatini would usually serve four, or even six if there's another course. Typo?


about 1 year ago paulita52

I have made this many times and add 1-2 anchovies to garlic. They cook up and no one would ever know they are there, but oh the flavor they add!!!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds like a perfect, quick & easy but tasty meal.