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Cacio e pepe

Want to make a meal with what’s left in your cupboards? Food assistant Mandy James shares her go-to budget dish…

, 27 January 2021

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Cacio e pepe
  • 15 Mins

  • Serves: 2

  • Price: £1.47 per serving

‘I discovered this dish in Italy and was amazed by the punchy, creamy flavour of such a simple combo! It traditionally uses a mix of Parmesan and pecorino cheeses, but I often use just Parmesan as I’m more likely to have that to hand in my fridge.’

Nutritional Info
Each 340g serving contains
  • Energy

    3087KJ

    738KCAL

    37%
  • Fat

    23.8g

    high

    34%
  • Saturates

    13.6g

    high

    68%
  • Sugars

    3.1g

    low

    3%
  • Salt

    0.99g

    low

    17%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 908kJ/217kcal.
Ingredients
  • 250g long pasta, such as spaghetti
  • 10g unsalted butter
  • 3tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 120g Parmesan or other Italian hard cheese, grated, plus extra to serve
Method
  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the pack instructions until tender but still with some bite.

  • Meanwhile, add the butter and peppercorns to another large pan and fry for 2 mins on a low heat.

  • Drain the pasta, reserving 100ml of the cooking water. Add both to the peppercorn mixture and combine.

  • Sprinkle over the Parmesan and continue cooking, tossing together until combined. Serve topped with extra ground pepper and Parmesan.