Doesn’t matter the occasion, a bowl of cacio e pepe (“cheese and pepper” in Italian) is always a good idea. But while you might be used to preparing it traditionally with pasta, there are plenty of other ways to get your fix. (Oh hi, cacio e pepe Brussels sprouts.)

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Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Let’s start with the classic, shall we?

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

All of the flavor, none of the carbs.

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Less with Bread

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

An easy way to get even the pickiest eater to enjoy their vegetables.

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Turntable Kitchen

Cacio e Pepe Zoodles

It’s a good night to break out the spiralizer.

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The Candid Appetite

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

Layers of cheesy goodness.

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Dumpling and Strand

Cacio e Pepe Ramen

Ready thy chopsticks.

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The View from Great Island

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

This is what heaven looks like.

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Le Creme de la Crumb

Cacio e Pepe with Mushrooms and Bacon

A little bacon never let us down.

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Fashionable Foods

Cacio e Pepe with Arugula

This plate will give you happy dreams.

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Kitchen Lush

Cacio e Pepe-Style Broccolini

Your new go-to side for weeknight dinners.

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Cacio e Pepe Slow Scrambled Eggs with Prosciutto

Welp, we’re officially morning people.

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Blossom to Stem

Cacio e Pepe Popcorn

Cool if we finish the whole bowl?

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