Cacio e Pepe Flatbread

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It’s salty, cheesy, doughy and begging to be served with wine.
cacio e pepe flatbread
Matt Armendariz/What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy

“It’s not often that I’m at a loss for words,” Gaby Dalkin writes in her new cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy: Recipes for Zero Stress, “but after trying this perfectly salty, cheesy, doughy bread, I got nothin’. All I can say is that I want to live in a world where this flows like a waterfall, maybe next to a waterfall of wine, because that’s all you need to call this a meal.” She’s talking about her recipe for cacio e pepe flatbread, of course, and well, just look at those puddles of cheese. Don’t you feel the same?

Psst: If you don’t own a pizza stone as called for in step one, you can invert a baking sheet and use the bottom as your cooking surface. Instead of a pizza peel, you can use a large sheet of parchment paper.

Recipe excerpt from the new book What’s Gaby Cooking: Take it Easy: Recipes for Zero Stress Deliciousness by Gaby Dalkin published by Abrams. Text copyright © 2022 by Gaby Dalkin. Photography by Matt Armendariz.


All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 pound (455g) of your favorite pizza dough, halved

1 cup (100g) freshly grated Pecorino Romano

½ cup (50g) freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

4 ounces (115g) mozzarella di bufala—drained, dried and thinly sliced

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven set with a pizza stone in the upper third to 500°F. On a lightly floured surface, stretch 1 portion of the dough to an 8 to 10-inch round. Transfer to a lightly floured pizza peel.

2. Cover the dough with half of the Pecorino and Parmesan, then place half of the mozzarella toward the center of the pizza, leaving a 1-inch crust. Add a light drizzle of oil and a few very generous grinds of pepper. Transfer to the oven and bake on the pizza stone until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is deep golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then top with more Parmesan. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
  • 452 calories

  • 18g fat

  • 48g carbs

  • 23g protein

  • 1g sugars

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