I think all people should have a really simple pasta recipe in their back pocket – one that can be made with kitchen staples. That way, no matter how late you get home, no matter how long it has been since you’ve been to the supermarket, you know you can always whip up a delicious dinner. The recipe below is just that recipe – and it’s vegetarian too.
Cacio e pepe is what this pasta is called in Italian (literally “cheese and pepper”) and it is a classic dish that has been a late-night favorite of Italians forever. It’s an amazing dish that is like both an elevated and super-simplified version of mac 'n cheese at the very same time.