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A 5-Ingredient Pasta That Couldn't Be Simpler

January 20, 2016

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.

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.

Will you be making this tonight? Tell us in the comments below!

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Indigo W. January 30, 2016
This was AMAZING and so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!
EvaAnagram January 28, 2016
Traditionally cacio e pepe is spaghetti, pecorino romano & pepper.
John F. January 25, 2016
Made it during our "Winter In One Day" storm. The bucatini glistened. Added shredded dried beef. Next time, crumbled bacon or sausage.
Margaret January 24, 2016
Is the egg raw? I thought that was risky these days. I've had pasta with just butter, cheese, pepper and a bit of cheese, and it's heavenly.
Dianne F. January 24, 2016
add bacon and you have Pasta carbonara - I used to make it for my kids with left over pasta the next morning before school - they loved it and now my older son cooks it for his pregnant gf. Cheap and satisfying.
Wish I had bacon instead of snow!
Art V. January 20, 2016
It actually could be simpler -- the recipe is typically made without egg or butter. It's just pasta, cheese and pepper, with salt for the pasta water.