Cacio e Pepe

Pasta and tagged

aka Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper
from Cook’s Illustrated, Jan & Feb 2010

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Pecorino Romano, 4 ounces finely grated (about 2 cups) and 2 ounces finely grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Table salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Place finely grated Pecorino in medium bowl. Set colander in large bowl.
  2. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add pasta and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; cook, stirring frequently until al dente (about 10 minutes).
  3. Drain pasta into colander set in bowl, reserving cooking water. Pour 1 1/2 cups cooking water into liquid measuring cup and discard remainder; return pasta to now empty bowl.
  4. Slowly whisk 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water into finely grated Pecorino until smooth. Whisk in cream, oil, and black pepper. Gradually pour cheese mixture over pasta, tossing to coat. Let pasta rest 1 to 2 minutes, tossing frequently, adjusting consistency with remaining 1/2 cup reserved pasta water. Serve, passing coarsely grated Pecorino separately.