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Cacio e Pepe, or “Cheese and Pepper,” is thought by many as the quintessential Roman pasta dish. In Italy, pasta is about the noodle and not the sauce. This is the simplest expression of the beauty of the Italian pasta served simply with Cheese and Pepper. Your 6 year old would probably point out that it is essentially “Mac N’ Cheese,” however this version was first documented in the 13th Century in the cookbook, Liber de Conquina.
Cacio is the local Roman dialect word for Pecorino Romano, a sheep’s-milk cheese made in the region since ancient times. The sauce is made by tossing the fresh pasta with Pecorino Romano and black pepper that is bound by starchy pasta cooking water.
We will be using Tonnarelli, which is Spaghetti with square edges, that will be made the morning of delivery. We only use imported Doppio Zero, or “00” Italian flour, which is finely ground and powdery, yielding a light and porous dough. The Italians categorize flour based on a scale of 2 for coarsely ground to “00” for fine. 00 is from the central part of the grain and is pure white, while with Type 2 contains the husk, the outer layer of the grain, and is darker and coarser. Double Zero flour is unique and distinctive from finely ground pastry flour found in the U.S., as the gluten behaves differently by producing both a strong and elastic noodle. It is this elasticity that provides for a superior chew and “mouth feel.”
The pasta is cooked in a heavily salted pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. The fresh cracked pepper is quickly sauteed in butter to “bloom” the oils and flavor. The pasta goes straight into the skillet along with the pasta water. A heaping mound of Pecorino Romano is then added. The key element of this dish is speed, as the cooking liquid needs to remain hot to emulsify the cheese to create its characteristic creamy sauce.
We will be offering a Caprese Salad as an add-on.
Time to Cook: 20 min.
Cook by Day: Saturday
Items included (serves 2)
Homemade Tonnarelli (AKA spaghetti alla chitarra, have square edges)
Crushed Black Pepper
Unfiltered Olive Oil
*Menu items subject to slight variation based on the availability of fresh ingredients; Picture is not necessarily representative of final dish
Meal Contains (including add-ons): Milk. We store, portion, and package various meal kits containing all eight (8) major allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur between kits.
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