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Macaroni with Cheese and Black Pepper (Maccheroni Cacio e Pepe)

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(Recipe ID: 181)

Serves 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 20 minutes

Source: Vito De Carolis

In this very typical Italian dish Don Vito recomends using "Radiatori". 


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  • 1 pound Radiatori Pasta *
  • 1 cup Pecorino cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Black peppercorn, freshly ground *
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons Coarse sea salt *
  • 1 1/2 gallons Cold water


  1. In a large pot, bring 1 1/2 gallons of water to a rolling boil. 
  2. Add the coarse sea salt (4 tablespoons), and the pasta and cook until al dente.
  3. Drain well in a colander.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pasta water and keep warm
  5. Heat the butter in a large nonstick pan over low heat; combine pasta and Pecorino cheese.
  6. When the cheese is melted, add the black peppercorn and the 2 spoons of reserved water from the pasta.
  7. Mix well and serve immediately.

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