Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Rich cheese, bronze-extruded pasta, and freshly-ground pepper — the ultimate comfort food, spaghetti cacio e pepe is a simple Roman dish that depends on the quality of just a few ingredients.

Cacio and pepe pasta recipe




6 people

Preparation time

25 minutes

1 pound spaghetti di Gragnano
2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns, or more to taste
1½ cups Pecorino Romano PDO, freshly grated, to taste


Bring a large pot with 6 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil.


Grind the peppercorns very coarsely, preferable crushing them in a mortar with a pestle or in a spice grinder.


Warm up a big bowl for serving the pasta. Use some of the pasta water to heat the bowl, if you like.


Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Quickly lift it from the pot with tongs, let it drain for an instant, then drop it into the warm bowl.


Immediately scatter a cup of the grated cheese and most of the ground pepper on the pasta, and toss in quickly. As you mix, sprinkle over a spoonful of hot water from the cooking pot to moisten and amalgamate the pasta and condiments — add more pepper or cheese to taste.


Serve right away, while the spaghetti is very hot.

MAY 19 – 26, 2023

Join us for Cacio & Pepe Week, a week-long celebration from May 19 – 26! As part of Icons of Eataly, we'll be highlighting this widely adored Roman dish that perfectly represents the purity of classic Italian cuisine across our restaurants and marketplace.

Cacio & Pepe Week is presented by Journey in Italy, The Grand Tour which promotes and disseminates the cornerstones of Italian culture and style expressed in traditional and contemporary Italian food and drink through narration and tastings around the world. Eataly has partnered with Journey in Italy to launch Cacio & Pepe Week, during which our stores will host outstanding Michelin Star chefs, and offer guests the opportunity to taste the living history of Italian pasta.

Heinz Beck, La Pergola, Rome
Luca Fantin, Bulgari Il Ristorante, Ginza, Tokyo
Chef Vincenzo Manicone, Cannavacciuolo Café & Bistrot, Novara

Following the launch of Icons of Eataly, Spaghetti Cacio & Pepe will be our featured dish for the whole month of June.

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