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Cacio e Pepe with Arugula and Lemon

Made from pantry staple ingredients, takes 15-20 mins to make, and is really delicious. Meaning this dish perfect for those nights when there's nothing in your fridge, or all you feel like doing is eating pasta + binge watching Netflix, or a surprise guest shows! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 295kcal



  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Just before draining, reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain.
    2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pepper and cook 30 second to 1 minute, until toasted.
    3. Add the reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the pasta and remaining butter. Reduce the heat to low and add the parmesan and pecorino, tossing until melted. Remove from the heat, add the arugula, toss until the greens are wilted and the sauce coats the pasta, adding in more pasta water if needed to thin the sauce. Transfer to a bowl and serve topped with fresh basil and lemon zest. Enjoy!


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 1.2mg