It is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot. Why? Because when made right, it is incredible. (Photo: Grant Cornett for The New York Times)

It is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot. Why? Because when made right, it is incredible. (Photo: Grant Cornett for The New York Times)

It is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot Why Because when made right, it is incredible.

Cacio e Pepe

It is among the most basic, simplest pastas there is, and suddenly trendy to boot Why Because when made right, it is incredible.

Cacio e Pepe  -- If one pasta dish exemplifies the complexity of pan sauce precision, it's cacio e pepe (literally, cheese and pepper). The minimalist recipe calls for only a few ingredients and doesn't even include garlic. It's a simple standard by which cooks are measured, yet no two chefs agree on how to do it right.

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe -- If one pasta dish exemplifies the complexity of pan sauce precision, it's cacio e pepe (literally, cheese and pepper). The minimalist recipe calls for only a few ingredients and doesn't even include garlic. It's a simple standard by which cooks are measured, yet no two chefs agree on how to do it right.

Chrissy Teigen Says Cacio e Pepe Conquers All, and Her Recipe Proves It

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe Recipe - literally cheese and pepper. It only has 4 simple ingredients. I would bet that most of you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now! This only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It is a great side dish for a weeknight meal. It is so good that I could make a meal out of it!

Cacio e Pepe Recipe - literally cheese and pepper. It only has 4 simple ingredients. I would bet that most of you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now! This only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It is a great side dish for a weeknight meal. It is so good that I could make a meal out of it!

Mario Batali's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe - My dad made this for dinner as a side with my garlic shrimp and it was phenomenal!! Delicious!

Mario Batali's Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe - My dad made this for dinner as a side with my garlic shrimp and it was phenomenal!! Delicious!

This peppery, cheesy classic pasta will be a hit at your next dinner party.

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe Pasta

This peppery, cheesy classic pasta will be a hit at your next dinner party.

Cacio e pepe with lemon from Martha Stewart - SO easy, SO tasty.  It's definitely in the rotation.

Cacio e Pepe: Technique is All-Important

Cacio e pepe with lemon from Martha Stewart - SO easy, SO tasty. It's definitely in the rotation.

It took me years to make a decent Cacio e Pepe, one of Rome's traditional pasta dishes (the others are Carbonara, Matriciana, and Gricia). Since Cacio e Pepe has only three main ingr...

It took me years to make a decent Cacio e Pepe, one of Rome's traditional pasta dishes (the others are Carbonara, Matriciana, and Gricia). Since Cacio e Pepe has only three main ingr...

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