Love Cacio e Pepe? Italy’s Best Cacio e Pepe Recipe, Plus Other Similar Roman Pastas to Try!

If you love a good Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe, you’ll definitely want to try ours! It’s traditional, made just the way they do it in Rome—no heavy cream, peas or other ingredients that sometimes you’ll find added outside of Italy. Keep reading for more Cacio e Pepe esque pasta recipes from Rome!

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe Recipe
One of the most distinctive recipes that you will find in any Rome restaurant. The traditional Cacio e Pepe has just three ingredients: pecorino cheese and black pepper ("cacio" and “pepe") and pasta. The trick to achieving its unmatched flavor? Quality ingredients and few simple cooking tricks.
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authentic Italian Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe!

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is just one of the many Roman pasta recipes made with similar ingredients and featuring a creamy and cheesy sauce (the creaminess comes from hot, starchy pasta water). For instance, the authentic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe is a Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe sauce with the addition of eggs. Check it out!

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
The quintessential dish of Rome. Although Spaghetti Carbonara is one of the most imitated recipes in the world with a multitude of variations, the original recipe calls for just a few ingredients: Italian guanciale (pork jowl or cheek), Pecorino Romano, black pepper and fresh eggs. This recipe uses only traditional ingredients and and is made without the cream, onion or peas often seen in Italian restaurants abroad.
authentic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara recipe

If you are looking for another pasta recipe featuring a Cacio e Pepe sauce, you’ll definitely want to try our take on the Pasta Vignarola Romana—you can think of it as an authentic Italian Pasta Primavera recipe!

Here, a pasta is made with an Italian Mixed Vegetables recipe called Vignarola Romana. There’s no one traditional recipe for the pasta version of this traditional dish, but since the vegetables include fava beans and fava beans are traditionally paired in Italy with fresh pecorino cheese…

Authentic Italian Pasta Primavera (‘Pasta Vignarola Romana’)
Based on the traditional Vignarola Romana mixed vegetables, this recipe combines those spring vegetables with a pasta and a creamy pecorino cheese sauce for an unforgettable dish!
Pasta Vignarola Romana with a cheesy Cacio e Pepe style sauce!

Finally, if you love pecorino cheese pasta recipes, look no further than another pillar of Roman pasta: Pasta alla Gricia! It’s like Pasta Cacio e Pepe with Guanciale.

Authentic Pasta alla Gricia Recipe
This Pasta Gricia recipe is one of the pillars of Roman pasta, along with: Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe and Amatriciana! With a creamy pecorino cheese sauce and fine Italian guanciale, you'll love this dish!
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a deliciously cheesy and authentic Spaghetti alla Gricia recipe!

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