Brown Butter Bucatini Cacio E Pepe

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Forever a member of the #CarbsAfterDark club, we could eat pasta every night of the week. We prefer it with extra cheese and a healthy dose of brown butter to give it more depth. 

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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 pound dried bucatini
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Parmesan, grated, plus more for garnish
  • Thyme, fresh, for garnish


  • Step 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the bucatini and cook until al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Then drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, in another large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until golden brown and nutty in aroma, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Step 3

    To the butter, add the black pepper, followed by the drained pasta, reserved pasta water and the grated Parmesan. Cook, tossing constantly until the cheese melts and the pasta water forms a thick sauce coating the noodles, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Divide between bowls, garnish with grated Parmesan and thyme leaves, then serve.