Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

  • 15 mins total
  • 5 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • serves 4 

IntroductionSkip To The Recipe

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe. Reminiscing or our last summer vacation in Italy, here is an extremely quick and yet absolutely delicious recipe for Cacio e Pepe. I have been craving it.

This regional dish from Rome, “Cacio e Pepe” means “Cheese and Pepper”. As the name suggest the ingredients of this dish are very simple and include only black pepper, Pecorino cheese, and of course pasta. To keep the pasta moist the cooking water, which adhere to the cheese and past, allows it to remain moist.  Spaghetti or any long pasta are recommended for this dish.

Giangi's Kitchen Signature


Nutrition Facts
Bucatini Cacio e Pepe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Potassium 211mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Calcium 28.6%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Close Modal

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

  • 15 mins total
  • 5 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • serves 4 


Original recipe yields 4 servings

Log In or Register to view and edit your grocery lists.

  • 1 package of bucatini or spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grind fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 cup finely greated pecorino cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to packaging direction to “Al Dente”

  2. Reserve ¾ cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.

  3. Meanwhile melt two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pepper and cook, swirling the pan until the butter melted and the pepper is slightly toasted. Add half of the reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to simmer.

  4. Add pasta and remaining butter. Reduce the heat to low and add pecorino cheese stirring and tossing with tongs until melted. Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.

  5. Transfer to a bowl and serve hot.


Get More Savings

Save money on groceries with FREE Printable coupons

Online Coupons and Savings from My Favorite Stores and Brands.

Find Offers