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    If one pasta dish exemplifies the complexity of pan sauce precision, it's cacio e pepe (literally, cheese and pepper). The minimalist recipe calls for only a few ingredients and doesn't even include garlic. But the techniques outlined here elevate the dish to something magnificent. The creamy twirl of noodles is like a stripped-down mac and cheese—only more elegant and easier to make. No wonder it's on the menus of America's most stylish Italian restaurants. It's a simple standard by which cooks are measured, yet no two chefs agree on how to do it right. We sorted through the variations and found it works best with a mix of Grana Padano (velvety) and Pecorino (sharp) cheeses, and freshly cracked black pepper (you should taste the heat).

    Ingredients

    • Kosher salt
    • 6 ounces pasta (such as egg tagliolini, bucatini, or spaghetti)
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, divided
    • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
    • 3/4 cup finely grated Grana Padano or Parmesan
    • 1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 2
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 479 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 21 g 32.35%
    • Saturated Fat: 12 g 58.63%
    • Trans Fat: 1 g %
    • Cholesterol: 117 mg 39.07%
    • Sodium: 20 mg 0.84%
    • Calcium: 35 mg 3.49%
    • Potassium: 213 mg 6.07%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 18.92%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 61 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 11.1%
    • Sugar: 2 g
    • Protein: 12 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 11.7%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 2.34%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch4
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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