Cacio e Pepe with Trenne

Lunch / Dinner

Cacio e Pepe with Trenne

Cacio e Pepe is touted as the OG Italian mac ‘n cheese. Penne or ziti are OK substitutes for the less common trenne pasta.


2 servings

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Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions, stopping 1 minute before stated cook time. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water; drain pasta.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium-low; add 1–3 tsp. pepper and cook until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ¼ cup pasta water; cook until bubbling subsides and water is reduced by half, 30 seconds.

Off heat, add butter; cook until melted. Add pasta; toss to coat and cook until heated through. Off heat, stir in 3 Tbsp. Pecorino until melted, adding more pasta water, 1–2 Tbsp. at a time, until sauce reaches a creamy consistency. Top servings with additional pepper and remaining 1 Tbsp. Pecorino.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 379

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18g 27%

Saturated Fat 7g 35%

Cholesterol 25mg 8%

Sodium 281mg 11%

Carbs 42g 14%

Protein 11g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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