Pasta fans rejoice: you are five simple ingredients away from a steamy plate of creamy, peppery, cheesy spaghetti. Chances are, you have everything you'll need in your pantry. Consult this illustrated guide to making a perfect plate of cacio e pepe ("cheese and pepper") and make it your go-to dish for when you're in a hurry, low on ingredients or simply craving a good bowl of spaghetti.
- Boil the spaghetti as instructed on the package and drain, reserving a cup of the cooking liquid for the sauce.
- Toss the spaghetti with the grated cheeses, olive oil and pepper, slowly adding as much of the reserved liquid as needed to keep the pasta from sticking together.
- Cook the pasta with the sauce for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring with a rubber spatula or tongs.
- When the pasta has formed a creamy sauce, plate immediately and serve garnished with extra cheese.
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