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Enoteca Drago's Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Recipe from: Los Angeles Times, Wed 07 Dec 2005
Servings: 6

Enoteca Drago's spaghetti with pepper and pecorino cheese is deceptively simple but really shows off good cheese, says Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila. Best of all, it can be put together quickly with ingredients likely to be on hand. The recipe is from executive chef Michael Young.

1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 pound spaghetti
6 tablespoon butter, cut up and softened
4 teaspoon fresh coarsely ground black pepper
½ cup warm water
2 cups finely grated pecorino cheese, about 8 ounces

Add the sea salt to 1 gallon water in a large pot and bring the water to a rapid boil. Gently place the spaghetti into the boiling water. Stir the pasta to keep it from sticking together.

In a large skillet off the heat, combine the butter, pepper, and warm water. Let stand until it's time to heat the pan.

When the pasta is cooked to the desired firmness, about 12 minutes, drain it and place it in the skillet. Sauté over very low heat, gently stirring the pasta and sauce, about 1 minute. As soon as the butter has melted, turn off the heat and stir in the pecorino cheese a little at a time. Serve immediately.


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