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A 5-Ingredient Pasta That Couldn't Be Simpler

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There are a lot of good reasons not to go to the grocery store: You worked late and just want to get home, gas is expensive and traffic is terrible, there are two feet of snow blocking your way out the front door. So don't—stay inside and make this pasta instead.

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe

The best part about the five ingredients in this Cacio e Pepe are that they're all likely in your refrigerator. (Read: No need to run to the bodega or hop in your car!) With just eggs, pasta, butter, pepper, and Parmesan (okay, and salt), it's also one of the simplest recipes. Once you've cooked the pasta, just melt in the butter, then stir in the egg and pepper. Welcome to pasta heaven.

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

Jenny Goycochea Jenny Goycochea
Serves 2 to 4
  • Salt, to taste
  • 12 ounces pasta (spaghetti or bucatini)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago, as needed
  • 1 egg yolk
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Tags: Pasta, Weeknight Cooking, Wildcard Winners, Dinner, Faster