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Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe with Crispy Fried Egg

Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe with Crispy Fried Egg

What's better than a plate of pasta cooked in nutty brown butter and grated Parmesan? That same pasta dish topped with a perfectly-cooked fried egg!

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20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time



8 ounces uncooked dried spaghetti

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

Fried Eggs

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs


Grated Parmesan cheese, as desired

Crushed red pepper flakes, 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 1/4 cup butter and pepper in medium saucepan; cook over medium heat, watching closely, 5-7 minutes or until butter foams and turns golden brown. Add spaghetti to brown butter; stir until coated. Stir in 2 ounces Parmesan cheese.

  3. STEP 3

    Add reserved cooking water, 1/2 cup at a time, until sauce is desired consistency. Discard any remaining cooking water. Cover to keep warm.

  4. STEP 4

    Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons butter in 12-inch pan over medium-high heat, gently swirling to coat pan, until shimmering and just beginning to smoke.

  5. STEP 5

    Carefully slide eggs into butter. (Drop eggs close to surface of pan to prevent splashing.) Tilt skillet so butter pools at side of pan. Using heatproof spoon, baste egg whites with butter, avoiding yolks. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes or until edges of egg are crispy and golden.

  6. STEP 6

    Using spatula, carefully loosen eggs from pan; transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  7. STEP 7

    Transfer warm pasta to serving plate; top with fried eggs. Serve immediately topped with additional cheese and pepper flakes as desired.

Nutrition (1 serving)

520 Calories
30 Fat (g)
250 Cholesterol (mg)
490 Sodium (mg)
44 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
18 Protein (g)
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