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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Yield: 8 servings

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.

Ingredients

  • sea salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles, dried
  • 4 large eggs
  • cups pecorino romano, finely grated or about 9 ounces, divided
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper, freshly ground, more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, 2 cups cheese, black pepper and olive oil until thoroughly combined.
  • 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.
  • Serve with reserved cheese and black pepper over top.

Notes

Reserve a little pasta water to thin out sauce as needed.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 126mg, Sodium: 414mg, Potassium: 198mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 269IU, Calcium: 362mg, Iron: 1mg

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