This may be the simplest pasta dish in the world, but it also has everything a good pasta dish needs: garlic, cheese and pepper. That's it. You probably have all of the base ingredients already, so a quick trip to a specialty store for some fresh pasta and grated Pecorino Romano cheese would be well worth your time, especially because the dish only takes 25 minutes start to finish (less, if you use fresh pasta).
The only slightly tricky part of this incredibly easy recipe is keeping an eye on the pasta. If you’re using fresh noodles, you really won’t have to precook it long. In fact, you may just want to loosen it slightly before draining it and setting it aside. After all, no one wants an authentic Italian meal ruined by overcooked pasta.