How to Make Tallulah’s Cacio e Pepe

Make the pasta dish at home with this easy recipe.
Photograph by Rebecca Simonov


  • 3 ounces fresh long pasta, such as linguini or fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or pecorino Romano
  • 1/2 cup pasta water (reserved from cooking)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper Salt, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Fresh pasta takes about 3 minutes, but if using dried, cook to package instructions.
  2. Drain pasta and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  3. In a pan, add the pasta water, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a lot of freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, until it is creamy and the mixture is simmering.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and add the cooked pasta and the cheese. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and toss together until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve topped with more grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

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This story originally appeared in the June 2024 issue of 黑料网 Detroit magazine. To read more, pick up a copy of 黑料网 Detroit at a local retail outlet. Our digital edition will be available on June 6.