This Cacio e Pepe Carbonara is an ridiculously simple creamy peppery pasta dish. Hot spaghetti is tossed with eggs, cheese and loads of black pepper. Serves 6 to 8 in under 30 minutes.

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If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you’re well aware that Pat loves his black pepper. A lot. From biscuits and gravy to coney dogs, he puts it on just about everything. This got me thinking about the more traditional pasta recipe, cacio e pepe. Which is basically pasta, cheese and black pepper. However I wanted a creamy pasta sauce, so I meshed the classic recipe with the velvety sauce of carbonara.

In this recipe, hot pasta is tossed with whisked eggs, lots of pecorino and black pepper with a little olive oil. It’s really that simple.

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It’s a luxurious yet rustic pasta that you will need roughly 30 minutes to make.

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here’s what you need to make this Cacio e Pepe Carbonara:

  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta noodles
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.

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First, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, finely grated about 9 ounces of pecorino romano cheese and add it to a large mixing bowl along with 2 cups of the cheese, black pepper and olive oil. I know you see 6 eggs here, but it should be 4. I got a little carried away cracking eggs.

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Next whisk until the eggs are completely incorporated.

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Once the pasta has cooked to al dente, use tongs to transfer the hot pasta from the water and directly into the egg and cheese mixture.

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Tossing the cacio e pepe to combine. The hot pasta will end up cooking the egg and melting the cheese, thus creating a saucy sauce. 😉

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Serve this Cacio e Pepe with the reserved cheese, extra black pepper and forks.

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Cacio e Pepe Carbonara
Yield: 6+

Cacio e Pepe Carbonara

This Cacio e Pepe Carbonara is an ridiculously simple creamy peppery pasta dish. Hot spaghetti is tossed with eggs, cheese and loads of black pepper. Serves 6 to 8 in 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • sea salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta noodles
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups finely grated pecorino romano (about 9 ounces), divided
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons sea salt to boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions, until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, 2 cups cheese, black pepper and olive oil until thoroughly combined.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, use tongs to transfer the hot pasta into the bowl with the beaten eggs and cheese. Toss continuously until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve with reserved cheese and black pepper over top.

Notes

Reserve a little pasta water to thin out sauce as needed.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 159mg Sodium: 626mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 20g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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