Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) is my go-to meal on a weeknight because it's quick, easy and delicious. With only 5 main ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand) this simple meal has comfort food written all over it. It's basically an upgrade from your childhood butter + cheese pasta but this is so much better especially paired with a glass or red wine.
3 ounces of spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup reserved pasta water
Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until perfectly al dente. Meanwhile, combine the oil, cheese, and lots of pepper in a bowl. Drain the spaghetti, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water, and add to the cheese mixture. Stir to combine and then add the spaghetti. Serve with a pinch of coarse salt on top.