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Cacio e Pepe

IMG_0338Well it happened again. The chicken was still frozen. And I had such good plans for it. Chicken and Rice in the pressure cooker. Fortunately, thanks to the magic of Facebook’s never-ending flow of recipes, this lovely video from Epicurious came by. BINGO!!! It happens to be the perfect night for pasta in Central Maryland. We are experiencing some epic late winter thunderstorms. Heavy rain, thunder, lightning, big winds! All of it.

I actually had some Romano. It was meant to be. Of course, I made a couple of modifications to the recipe. You can watch the video for the original, or try mine!

Cacio e Pepe
2 1/2 cups shredded Romano cheese
2 TBSP olive oil
3/4 cups Parmesan broth
1 lb pasta, cooked

  1. Combine everything but the pasta in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta – I used Angel Hair – until al dente.
  3. Drain the pasta and put in the bowl with the cheese mixture and stir vigorously until the pasta is nicely coated.
  4. Serve IMMEDIATELY!!

Truth is, I am not a huge fan of pasta. I find it often disappoints. This did not. It was cheesy and and had a nice little kick from the pepper. And it was so fast to make.

If you happen to not have a container of Parmesan broth at the ready, you can use water as they do in the original recipe. And if you don’t happen to have enough grated Romano (I didn’t), you can supplement with a bit of grated Parmesan.

Are you going meatless for Lent? This is a good addition to your menu.


Baby Spaghetti

bsWhen my boys were babies I came up with a simple recipe for a mild pasta sauce that I served on Angel Hair. I called it Baby Spaghetti. They loved it. And now I am sharing it with you.

Baby Spaghetti
2 cups prepared pasta – think tiny for a little baby with little to no teeth
3/4 cup tomato sauce – I used some with Italian Herbs
1 tbsp basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1. Heat the tomato sauce with the basil and Parmesan and combine it with the pasta.
2. Serve to a cute little baby with a fun little plastic spoon (or no spoon at all) and watch them love every bite.

The sauce is reminiscent of a Margherita sauce. If you are making this for adults, add some garlic and onion and maybe some mozzarella. Maybe even a little white wine.

My kids looked at the pasta, wondering what it was. They haven’t had this exact pasta since they were babies so they didn’t remember it at all. I enjoyed telling them it was the first pasta sauce I ever made for them. They didn’t seem interested in my heartwarming story. I think they wanted to know why there was no meat.