This week for the twenty-third recipe I've made for Thirty Minute Thursdays, cooking our way through Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta book with Glennis and Margaret, and whoever else wants to join us, I made Spaghetti al Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper), on page 70.
The ingredient list: spaghetti, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, and pecorino cheese.
Do you see that ingredient list? There's hardly anything on it...and yet this was a wonderful pasta side dish. Just pepper and cheese with a little bit of oil on pasta...who knew it could taste so wonderful? Light, tasty, quick, economical, and delicious, it was perfect with shrimp and asparagus, the pepper giving it all a nice little kick that was most welcome, and if you want more kick, add more pepper! Definitely a wonderful recipe.
If you like the looks and sounds of it, buy the book as I am a believer in encouraging people to support the authors who put together these fabulous books by buying a copy, so you won't find the recipes posted from this book here. (Buy it, the recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to locate, it's not pricey, and there are photos of almost all the recipes.)