Cacio e Pepe
There’s nothing like homemade pasta, but if it’s too much work, you can use a box of spaghetti for this recipe. If you go that route, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package, minus one minute. Prepare the sauce while the pasta is in the water.
- Pasta Dough
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 whole egg
- 230 grams "00" flour
- 10 (just under 2¼ teaspoons) grams olive oil
- To Serve
- 3 tablespoons cold butter
- Coarse, freshly ground black pepper
- Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese, grated
- Kosher salt
- Form the flour into a well shape and add in the egg yolks, whole egg and olive oil. Using a fork, beat the mixture together, slowly incorporating flour into the wet ingredients. Once all of the flour has been incorporated, knead the mixture for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until a smooth ball of dough has been formed.
- Allow the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough as thin as possible. Alternatively, using a pasta machine, roll the dough out into a thin sheet. You should in theory be able to see the time on a watch pressed against the dough.
- Cut dough into rectangular sheets about 10 inches long. Using a knife or the pasta cutter on your pasta machine, cut the sheets into noodles about ¼-inch wide (or however wide you want).
- Put a pot of water on the stove and add a good amount of salt to it. (The water should taste seasoned like a soup.)
- In a large stainless steel frying pan add 3 to 5 ounces of pasta water and boil. Add butter and swirl pan around so butter emulsifies into the water.
- Cook the fresh pasta in boiling water for 1½ to 2 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the cooked noodles into frying pan. Crack coarsely ground fresh pepper into the pan with the pasta (use as much as you’d like—I like a lot of pepper. It is important that it is coarsely and freshly ground. A fine grind will make the pasta extremely spicy!)
- Grate some Parmesan cheese directly in the pan and toss to coat the noodles. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and more pepper. Plate in a bowl and finish with plenty of Parmesan and more black pepper on top.