We are all missing our favorite restaurants right about now, so I decided to make one of my favorite dishes: Cacio e Pepe. It’s so easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. I posted this recipe on my Instagram stories and got several requests for the recipe, so here we are… I won’t babble on, I will get to it. Be sure to tag me in your creations, I love seeing my recipes in action!
WHAT YOU NEED
+ Olive Oil
+ 16 oz. Chickpea Spaghetti Pasta
+ 2 cups Grated Romano Cheese
+ 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
+ Small Handful of Peppercorns (Or Regular Pepper)
Quick Note About Chickpea Pasta: It is an easy substitute made solely from chickpeas (no flour). I swear it tastes the same! It also has less carbs, more protein, and more fiber! Here is the link to the brand I bought on Amazon. Banza is the brand I love to buy in store.
WHAT TO DO
- Grate all the cheese first, because it takes some time. Then mix the Parmesan and Romano together in one bowl.
- Bring water to boil in a tall pot, drizzle a little olive oil in the water to prevent the pasta from sticking. *Don’t add salt, the cheese added later is already salty.
- Place pasta in the pot and cook until the pasta is al dente. Chickpea pasta cooks a lot faster than regular pasta so watch it carefully.
- Once the pasta is done, set aside 3-4 cups of the pasta water and drain the rest.
- Place the cooked pasta in a large saucepan over medium heat. Pour 2 cups of water over the pasta and begin adding in the cheese. Toss the pasta using tongs* to mix in the cheese. (*Skilled chefs can toss and flip the pasta without tongs; however, I am not that talented.)
- If the pasta gets to be too dry, then add more water. If the pasta gets too watery, then add more cheese. Repeat these steps until you achieve a creamy consistency.
- Place the peppercorn in a separate saucepan and cook on medium-high for two minutes, then crush with mortar and pestle. (Optional)
- Plate the pasta and top with pepper.
Note: This pasta already has a ton of protein from the chickpeas, but it pairs well with a baked panko chicken.