This week’s recipe is a classic Roman dish that is delicious, but extremely simple and quick to make on your own! To make spaghetti a cacio e pepe, or spaghetti with cheese and pepper, you will only need four ingredients- pasta, pepper, olive oil, and cheese, and about 15 minutes of your time.
Giolitti’s Spaghetti a Cacio e Pepe Recipe
For Giolitti’s recipe, you will need:
- ½ lb imported spaghetti
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper (depending on your taste)
- 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ cup freshly grated imported Pecorino Romano cheese
Start by bringing salted water to a boil. You can use a pot, but cooking the pasta in a skillet helps concentrate the starch in the water and makes the sauce smoother.
Cook the spaghetti to al dente, then drain after reserving one cup of the cooking water. Toss the spaghetti with olive oil, pepper, and the Romano cheese, adding enough of the pasta water to make a sauce. The cheese and starch from the cooking water make a sauce so creamy that you don’t need to add butter or cream!
Another tip: grating the cheese very finely instead of shredding helps it incorporate into the dish smoothly and melt properly. Once the dish is done, serve immediately (½ lb of spaghetti serves about 2-3 people) and enjoy!
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!