Cacio e Pepe is such a simple dish. It’s really not more than 4 – 5 ingredients in total, but like so many classic recipes, it becomes something much larger than the sum of its parts.
The water from cooking the pasta is used as the base for the sauce, then butter and olive oil in equal parts combine to create a rich, creamy glaze. The black pepper adds the faintest bite while the salty parmesan cheese adds richness and incredible depth of flavor. Finally, the lump crab meat elevates this simple peasant pasta to new heights with a touch of brininess and sweet crab flavor. Use full-flavored, robust olive oil with this dish — one that really brings forth those spicy, peppery, olive notes to balance the richness of the butter and parmesan.
Go as heavy as you like on the crab meat and parmesan, just make sure to serve this dish as soon as it’s ready!
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