Cacio e pepe (with a twist)
its been a long day...
Maybe work was crazy, maybe your electric turned off, maybe Dave from Esox knows your name proving that you spend way too much time in a bar whose slogan is "across from the divorce court", maybe all three! But no matter the crazy day you've had, a big bowl of silky smooth pasta can make everything feel better. Which is why we present to you our favorite comfort pasta recipe; Cacio e Pepe with a twist. Cacio e Pepe in a Roman pasta dish which translates to "cheese and pepper". It's simple, it's satisfying, and we made a couple additions like whole wheat spaghetti and a duck egg that make it the ultimate self care dinner.
Serves: 1, because you're having a day and you deserve it.
Handful of whole wheat spaghetti
1 clove of garlic
1/2 shallot, diced
2 anchovy fillets
1 cup of Parmesan, grated
1 duck egg
1/4 cup of pasta water
Cracked black pepper
here we fricken go...
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and season with salt.
2. Add your spaghetti and cook three minutes less than suggested on the package directions.
3. While your pasta is cooking, head one glug of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add chopped garlic.
4. Sautee garlic until fragrant (about 3 minutes) then add the chopped shallots, anchovy, and your desired amount of chili flakes. Smash the anchovies in the pan with the back of a wooden spoon.
5. Let the mixture cook for about 5 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup of pasta water and half of your grated parmesan cheese.
6. Drain your pasta and add it to your saucepan along with the rest of the parmesan and a hefty amount of cracked black pepper. Stir to coat the pasta evenly for 3 minutes.
7. Transfer your pasta to plate. Take one duck egg and separate the white from the yolk. (Click here for several different tutorials!) Put that nice lil yolky right on top of your pasta and garnish with more parm, black pepper, and chili flakes.
Adapted from two of our favs: