Cheat Day Cacio e Pepe with Video

Cheat Day Cacio e Pepe with Video

Cacio e Pepe is a peppery parmesan-cheesy pasta that is perfect for any cheat day. Cheat by creating an indulgent 10 minute, one-pot pasta dinner. One bite of this “adult” mac and cheese will take you straight to a warm summer night in Italy.

Cacio e Pepeo has super-simple ingredients:

Cacio e Pepe
  • It uses fresh pasta noodles. Choose between spaghetti, pappardelle, fettuccine or anything alike.
  • You will need a block of parmesan cheese. Freshly shredded parmesan cheese is a must for this recipe, if you use store-shredded parmesan cheese the flavors will be too mild.
  • Pepper. I like to use coarse black pepper, but you can use normal table black pepper too.

Cheat Day Cacio e Pepe

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins


  • 7-8 oz Fresh Noodles spaghetti, pappardelle, fettuccine or anything alike
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 tsp Pepper + more for garnish
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2-2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  • In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter and start to warm up the pepper.
  • Toast the pepper for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add in 2 cups of water and salt. Let it come up to a simmer then add in your noodles. 
  • Toss your noodles so that they are mostly submerged under the water. Cook for 3-4 minutes, occasionally tossing with your tongs until a soft al-dente. Turn off the heat. You should have about 1/4 cup of water left (see next step)
    *Fresh noodles cook faster than dry noodles so make sure to keep an eye on them. 
  • While cooking your noodles, your water should reduce to about 1/4 cup (see picture). 
    If you notice your water is reducing too quickly during the step above, add a little more water so that your noodles have time to cook. 
  • Off the heat, add your shredded parmesan cheese in the remainder of your pasta water and stir to combine. As the cheese melts start to toss in with the noodles. It’s important to start in the pasta water so that the cheese doesn’t clump together. 
  • Toss until the cheese is melted and creamy, covering all the noodles. This should only take about a minute or so. 
  • Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and a pinch of pepper. Enjoy!
Cacio e Pepe

You can also serve this dish with my chicken meatballs!

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