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Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe
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8 ounces uncooked dried spaghetti

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

2 ounces (about 3/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese


Grated Parmesan cheese, as desired

Coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, as desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain, reserving 2 cups cooking water. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter and pepper in medium saucepan; cook over medium heat, watching closely, 5-7 minutes or until butter foams and turns golden brown.

  3. STEP 3

    Add spaghetti to brown butter; stir until coated. Stir in 2 ounces Parmesan cheese.

  4. STEP 4

    Add reserved cooking water, 1/2 cup at a time, until sauce is desired consistency. Discard any remaining cooking water. Serve immediately topped with additional cheese and parsley as desired.

Tip #1

Cooking the coarse ground pepper in the brown butter mellows the sharp peppery notes.

Tip #2

Substitute 8 ounces of any pasta for the spaghetti.

Tip #3

Make this heartier by adding a fried egg to each portion, like in our recipe for Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe with Crispy Fried Egg.

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