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Feb 27, 2013 05:57 AM

Cleaning Pan From Cacio y Pepe???

Any tips on cleaning the cheese stuck on the bottom of the pan and pasta bowl from Cacio y Pepe? Also, how to keep it from getting there?
Don't Enjoy Cleaning,

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  1. Soak, plastic scrubbie, elbow grease + or - Barkeepers Friend.
    No way around it, but tossing the cheese with the pasta only in the serving bowl might eliminate one.

    1. Fill the pan with a little water and bring it to a simmer on the stove. This should help to loosen the stuck on cheese.

      1. Thanks to you both. My wife tried each method and got pan and bowl clean. Next time it's my turn she insists. Maybe we only order that out.

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        1. re: CocoDan

          "Next time it's my turn she insists. Maybe we only order that out."


          Glad we could help.

        2. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil in the bowl (while it's still clean and dry) and wipe it around with a folded paper towel to put a really thin layer of oil on the bottom. That should help keep the cheese from sticking so much.

          1. Hi CocoDan,

            I cooked Cacio e Pepe tonight for my wife, and couldn't resist responding.

            When I see that cheese is starting to clump or stick to the pan, I scoop another half ladle of salt water from the pot the noodles were boiled in and add it to the cheese/noodle mixture, and with a little heat, the cheese clumps mostly fold into the noodles.

            It's a simple dish, but must be done delicately to get it right. I've had variable success and still need practice, but I'd give myself a B+ for tonight's version. I served it alongside a pan fried 6 oz tri-tip steak, which I find to be very flavorful, though a bit tougher than traditional cuts.


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            1. re: alarash

              Sounds good. Did you do the recipe with or without olive oil and butter. I tried it both ways and frankly, I liked it better with just the pasta water, pepper and cheese (no oil and butter).