Cacio e pepe recipe

Riccardo Camanini watching his rigatoni cacio e pepe

Cacio e pepe recipe

Cacio e Pepe is one of the classic dishes of Roman tradition. Learn how to make this recipe like a pro, with tips, tricks and techniques from one of Italy’s best chefs. This is cooking up close and personal.

21 February, 2020
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serves for



180 g
Pecorino, aged black rind variety
60 g
Fine sea salt
6 g
Black pepper
2 g

Step 01
Boiling water

Boil a pan of water. 

Step 02
Cooking rigatoni

Cook the Rigatoni pasta in salted boiling water, turning with a spoon to prevent that the rigatoni stick together. 

Step 03
Rigatoni al dente

Drain the pasta al dente, taking care to preserve the cooking water, which is rich in starch. 

Step 04
Rigatoni with cacio and pepper

In a steel bowl, create an emulsion of pecorino and pepper with the cooking water, added slowly.

Step 05
Rigatoni cacio e pepe in a deep dish

Portion and serve in a deep dish, with more freshly grated pecorino and pepper.