Joanna Gaines shares her version of Cacio e Pepe in the Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol.2. It is a dish she tells us that she craved while pregnant with her 5th child Crew. It was my first experience with the dish, making or tasting, and I have to say, I just might have a new favorite!
I made this recipe one night during quarantine and it might just be the perfect recipe for that season if time in the world. Just a few ingredients make a super flavorful dish, that is beyond easy to make!
The recipe is beyond easy to make and at its core, it is simply buttered noodles with pepper and parmesan. But what could be bad about that right? I mean it is every little kid’s dream, just grown up!
When you use the store-bought pasta this recipe really couldn’t be easier. It consists of melting some butter and blooming some black pepper in it, cook the pasta and throw it in with some pasta water and cheese and you’re ready to eat. It can be enjoyed just like that topped with a mountain of cheese or some grilled chicken.
The real key ingredient is the cheese. Jo even says it, but be sure to buy really great cheese! Because that is what you are going to taste.
I picked up a truffle pecorino and some real parmesan. The strong flavors stand up well to the pepper and travel through the entire dish.
When this dish hit the table, the entire house went silent. It actually stopped me in my tracks. Most of the time dinner is a rambunctious affair, and this night I seemed to stun them into silence.
I was worried for a second because I spent a lot of time in the kitchen that day. I made the pasta from scratch and a fresh loaf of bread and a great dessert, so I felt like I had been running all day!
But the silence was a good sign. They loved it! I had to ask what happened, but the response was, “it’s so good, I can’t stop”.
Well, if you need any more reasons to try this recipe, I don’t have them, that should answer all your questions!
If you can’t find bucatini in the store, regular spaghetti will work. Or if you feel a little extra ambitious, make fresh pasta – I have a recipe for you HERE!
Buy the best cheese that fits your budget! It is the most expensive part of this recipe, the knob of truffle pecorino I grabbed was $6, which with a $2 box of pasta works out to be about $3-$4 a portion even with the chicken on top.
To get your cheese to look like you see it in the book, grate it using a Microplane. It is a tool that you NEED in your kitchen. It’s super versatile and can be used to zest lemons, grate cheese, grate nutmeg, shave chocolate and so much more!
Overall, a recipe I will absolutely make again because the whole family loved it. Super easy – if you take the easy way out of using box pasta, and 100% delish!
Until next time, Happy Cooking!