RECIPE: Cacio e Pepe

This was a big hit with the whole family

Recipe Country of Origin: Italy

There are a million reasons to go to Italy- and authentic Cacio e Pepe is definitely one of them. So simple yet so delicious, this pasta takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and is like taking a bite out of a trip to Rome. Enjoy outside with a glass of cold white wine or a Negroni, and pretend you’re eating at an Italian trattoria. Follow with some tiramisu and a shot of espresso to cap off the meal (decaf is just fine– we won’t judge) and you’ll be well on your way to living la dolce vita. Buon appetito!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 pound dried bucatini pasta

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for garnish

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish

Kosher salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the bucatini and cook until just al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Drain, reserving 1¼ cup of pasta water.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, toast the ground pepper over medium heat until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil, and cook until the butter has melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add the drained pasta, 1 cup of the reserved pasta water, the grated Parmesan and Pecorino Romano. Toss to coat the pasta well and season with salt. Add the remaining ¼ cup of reserved pasta water and tablespoon of butter, tossing to incorporate. Transfer to a platter and garnish with ground pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese. Then serve.

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Juliana Fraioli Wilson

A traveler since childhood, Juliana Fraioli Wilson has always had a love for exploring. She is a published writer and an accomplished business owner with a background in music and art. Join Juliana, her husband Ryan, and their two kids in Wanderland! Follow along as they share tips, tricks, recipes and reviews from some of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world.

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