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Cleaning Pan From Cacio y Pepe???

CocoDan Feb 27, 2013 05:57 AM

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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    alarash Feb 28, 2013 12:50 AM

    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
      CocoDan Mar 1, 2013 08:28 AM

      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).

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      ricepad Feb 27, 2013 11:45 AM

      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. CocoDan Feb 27, 2013 10:22 AM

        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
          ttoommyy Feb 27, 2013 10:35 AM

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


          Glad we could help.

        2. ttoommyy Feb 27, 2013 08:23 AM

          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. splatgirl Feb 27, 2013 07:29 AM

            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.

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