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Friday, November 3, 2017

Simple pasta recipe : pasta cacio and pepe




The Italian food is loved by so many. Italian restaurants are opening everyday, everywhere. 

But the great thing about Italian food is that it is so easy to make it. So easy that you can have some delicious Italian food also at home.

I travel a lot with my Concerts and I'm lucky to enjoy often great meals in very nice restaurants. 
But I also love to cook my own meal. I'm very conscious about my health and even if I love to splurge here and there, when at home I like to make my own food.
It is fun, healthy and it brings back memories of my childhood in the kitchen with my grandma and my mom.




Today I share with you a recipe that is so delicious and yet so easy to make.
The minimalist recipe calls for only a few ingredients and doesn't even include garlic: Pasta Cacio & Pepe, Pasta with Cheese and Black Pepper,
It's on the menus of America's most stylish Italian restaurants and yet you can make it at home in a few minutes.

Two simple tips for great results:
1. Use great ingredients
2. Don't overcook the Pasta

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





  1. PREPARATIOn

      1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a 5 quart pot. When the water is boiling season with salt; add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. it has to al dente, so better a minute less than more .
      2. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. 
      3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and cook, swirling pan, until toasted, about 1 minute.
      4. Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter. Reduce heat to low and add Grana Padano, stirring and tossing with tongs until melted. Remove pan from heat; add Pecorino, stirring and tossing until cheese melts, sauce coats the pasta, and pasta is al dente. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and serve.
      5. For a perfect balanced meal add a insalata verde mista ( a mixed green salad with olive olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper) .
    1. Buon appetito,

  2. Giada



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