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Spaghetti with Pecorino and Black Pepper

Grated Pecorino Romano, a hard straw-white cheese, emboldens spaghetti. Of the many varieties of pecorino, Romano is the most popular and is widely available here. It has an intense, peppery flavor -- think saltier Parmesan with a kick.

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  • Servings: 4
Spaghetti with Pecorino and Black Pepper

Source: Everyday Food, April 2008


  • Coarse salt
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain pasta; return to pot.

  2. To pasta in pot, add 1 cup reserved pasta water. Gradually add 1 cup Pecorino, tossing constantly with tongs until cheese is melted; add pepper. Toss to coat pasta lightly; if desired, gradually add a little more pasta water to thin. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Make sure to freshly shred the cheese, as it will melt more easily.


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