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Orzo cacio e pepe

Enjoy this minimalist cheese and pepper pasta. It's an easy, dreamy creamy weeknight dinner option that comes together in under 25 minutes and only requires five ingredients!



  • 1 and 1/4 (250 g) cups orzo
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Bring four cups of water to a boil over high heat and season with half a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Stir in the orzo and cook for six to eight minutes or just until al dente. Strain, reserving one cup of cooking liquid.
  3. Meanwhile, place a skillet over medium heat. Toast one teaspoon of pepper until it smells spicy and fragrant, about one to two minutes.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the orzo into the pan with the pepper.
  5. Add half a cup of the remaining cooking liquid to the pan along with the Pecorino and Parmigiano and stir and toss vigorously until a creamy sauce forms, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed.
  6. Season to taste with salt and extra pepper, if needed and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

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