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You can wow ’em with phyllo-topped mac and cheese or carrot gnocchi. But sometimes simplicity wins out. That’s why everyone should know how to make cacio e pepe, pasta with cheese and pepper. (What could be bad about that?)
The Italian classic requires just six ingredients (four, if you don’t count salt and pepper) and takes 20 minutes to whip up—including the time it takes to boil the water. Even better, you likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen ready to go. Our tip? Pecorino Romano, a sheep's milk cheese, is traditional, but if you only have Parmesan, that’s just as delicious. The freshly ground black pepper, however, is nonnegotiable.
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