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.
OFF HEAT, STIR IN:
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.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 281mg 11%
Carbs 42g 14%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.