• Prep Time:
  • Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Serves: Serves 4 as a main, 8 as a first course

Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper

Category: Appetizers, Pasta, Pasta, Rice & Grains, Inexpensive, Main Dish, Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Pecorino or Cacio de Roma cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon pepper, ground in mortar
  • salt, to taste


This is an inexpensive and yet very tasty dish that I discovered while travelling in Italy last summer. The key in this recipe lies in its simplicity. Try it, you won't miss the tomato sauce a bit!


1. Boil a pot of water. Once the water is boiling, add a dash of salt.
2. Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to the package directions, until al dente.
3. In the meantime, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil until it's almost smoking.
4. Drain the spaghetti, reserving approximately 1 cup of the cooking liquid, and add both spaghetti and liquid to the hot skillet.
5. Add the butter, cheese and ground pepper, and toss spaghetti over high heat for 1 min.
6. Serve immediately.

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