It was that article on The Black Pepper Conspiracy that did it. Now, of course, I'm craving black pepper. And nothing can quite satisfy a black pepper craving like a plate of Cacio e Pepe. You with me?
This is one of the simplest pasta dishes ever imagined, but therein lies its allure. Cacio e Pepe is just pasta tossed in a sauce of butter, freshly-cracked black pepper, sheep's milk cheese (like pecorino), and a little of the pasta cooking water. Simmered for a few minutes, the sauce gets creamy and infused with peppery flavor.
This pasta is absolutely addictive.
If I'm being good, I'll have a plate of this pasta with a fresh green side salad and a bit of poached chicken on the side. If I'm being honest, I confess to eating an enormous bowl all on its own. And then wiping the dish clean with a bit of bread.
Give it a try tonight and I promise you won't be disappointed:
• Cacio e Pepe from Bon Appétit
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(Image: Tom Schierlitz/Bon Appétit)