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May 30, 2007 10:43 AM

pasta with pecorino and pepper

I caught an episode of a show with Lidia Bastianich last weekend, and she made a delicious-looking pasta with pecorino cheese and crushed pepper. I've searched her website but can't find it. I can probably fake my way through it, but if anyone can help with a recipe I'd be most appreciative. Thanks!

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  1. Its called cacio e pepe. I'm sure you can find some recipes online but essentially it s just pecorino romano, very coarsely crushed black pepper and some of the pasta cooking water to make a sauce. Instead of using a pepper mill, Lidia crushed the pepper by using her pan to keep it very very coarse.

    1. It's from her new cookbook "Lidia's Italy" I don't believe they give those recipes out for free :)

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      1. If you look on the LATimes food page, they had this recipe a couple weeks ago.

        I hope the link works. I made the recipe a couple weeks ago. It is really good. I just used my pepper grinder rather than pound the pepper and thought it was fantastic.

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        1. re: sam21479

          This was my grandmother's favorite way to eat spaghetti. She added a few tablespoons of butter for good measure, though. My contribution to the recipe is a few sprinkles of red pepper flakes.

        2. This truly is one of my favorite foods in the world. I could eat it every night. As mentioned, just boil some spaghetti (I like fresh with this, though dried works fine) and toss it with lots of cracked black pepper, grated pecorino (get a good one) and some pasta water, or a little oil. There simply is nothing better. If you ever happen to be in NYC, LUPA, a small, relatively inexpensive italian place owned by Mario Batali serves hands down the best version you will ever eat.

          1. Try Pecorino Pepato sometime. It's Pecorino cheese (sheep's milk) with whole peppercorns. The truly imported ones are fantastic! The domestic versions don't compare. Grated or sliced as a table cheese or accompaniment are both good eating. (See image in this reply).