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White Truffle Cacio E Pepe Recipe (cheese and pepper pasta)

This white truffle cacio e pepe recipe is fast, flavourful and oh so cheesy. Ready in 10 minutes or less it’s quick comfort food perfect for weeknights or when you need dinner fast. This traditional recipe gets a unique twist with some white truffle oil drizzle, so delicious!

An overhead shot of cacio e pepe recipe in a plate with a fork

You can never go wrong with a cacio e pepe recipe, seriously it’s like a super quick mac and cheese ready in 10 minutes with zero effort involved.

Who doesn’t crave a big bowl of cheesy pasta every once in a while? The type you just curl up on the couch with, a glass of vino and a movie….yass for Friday night comfort food (and wine)!

The Secret Ingredient

The thing with this cheese and pepper pasta is that there’s a little grown up twist thrown in and that my friends is white truffle oil and it’s sooooo delicious!

If I could afford it I’d have lashings of shaved white truffle all over this cheesy pasta but I ain’t got no cash for that. Instead, I go for the liquid gold white truffle oil and yeah, ok it may be no way as good as fresh white truffle but it’s still bloody good!

Be warned you only need a teeny amount of this stuff it’s pretty powerful but that’s a good thing right, it’s gonna last ages!

How To Make This Cacio E Pepe Recipe – Step By Step

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil until al dente make sure to keep 1 cup (250ml) pasta water.

Add the butter and olive oil to a large pan and melt the butter until it’s sizzling then turn off the heat and add the white truffle oil.

Step by step photos for how to make a cacio e pepe recipe

Drain the pasta and add it to the melted butter and oil. Add the grated cheese with a pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper.

Add around 1/4 of the reserved pasta water and toss the pasta with the cheese until it starts to melt and turns into a cheese sauce. If it’s a little thick then add another splash of pasta water.

Tips For Making This White Truffle Cacio E Pepe Recipe

  • Make sure to finely grate the cheeses, if it’s grated too coarsely it won’t melt as fast and can sometimes clump together instead of emulsifying into a sauce.
  • Always reserve more pasta water than you’re going to need. This pasta only needs a splash to get the desired consistency but reserve at least 1 cup in case it needs a little extra.
  • Not a fan of white truffle? Leave it out and follow the recipe exact for a traditional cacio e pepe recipe.

A side shot of a cacio e pepe recipe on a plate with a fork

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How easy was that? I mean you’re 10 minutes away from cheesy pasta heaven, all you need now is to pour a glass of wine and choose your movie….enjoy!

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5 from 6 votes
White Truffle Cacio E Pepe Recipe
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

White truffle cacio e pepe recipe. Fast, flavourful and absolutely delicious. This cheese and pepper pasta is great when you need dinner fast.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 680 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 14 oz (400g) spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup (60g) pecorino cheese , finely grated
  • 1/2 cup (50g) parmesan cheese , finely grated
  • 1.2 oz (35g) butter
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp white truffle oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 large pinch pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil until al dente make sure to keep 1 cup (250ml) pasta water.

  2. Add the butter and olive oil to a large pan and melt the butter until it's sizzling then turn off the heat and add the white truffle oil.
  3. Drain the pasta and add it to the melted butter and oil. Add the grated cheese with a pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper.
  4. Add around 1/4 of the reserved pasta water and toss the pasta with the cheese until it starts to melt and turns into a cheese sauce. If it's a little thick then add another splash of pasta water.

  5. Serve in big bowls with an extra few drops of truffle oil if desired (taste first it's strong).

Recipe Notes

Tips For Making This White Truffle Cacio E Pepe Recipe

  • You won't need all the pasta water but reserve 1 cup (250ml) just in case. The sauce should just coat the pasta without being too thick.
  • Make sure to use a fine grater to grate the cheese, if it's grated too coarsely it won't melt as easily and the cheese can clump together instead of emulsifying into a sauce.
  • Not a fan of white truffle? No problem just leave it out and follow the recipe exact for a traditional cacio e pepe recipe.

Nutrition Facts
White Truffle Cacio E Pepe Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 905mg 38%
Potassium 273mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Calcium 68.6%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Chichi
    March 31, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Hmmmm. I haven’t tried truffle oil before.. I would love to try this pasta recipe soon.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I love the simplicity of this! It’s making me want to run to the kitchen and have this for breakfast! YUM!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    March 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Cacio e pepe pasta is my favorite Italian dish in the whole world – so simple, yet absolutely sophisticated and delicious. Will definitely try your recipe soon!

  • Reply
    Traci
    March 31, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I am crazy obsessed with white truffle oil…and one of my favorite ways to eat it is on pasta! Such a great way to class up my already favorite parm cheese pasta! Thanks for reminding me of how much I love it. Gorgeous photo too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale
    March 31, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I love how this pasta dish is so simple to make and yet so incredibly flavorful because of the white truffle oil. You have the perfect suggestion of making this beautiful meal with a glass of wine and winding down the evening with a movie.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    March 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Sometimes it is the simple pasta recipes, like this, that are the best. Love that addition of truffle oil – adds SO much flavour.

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