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cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe
cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

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Cacio e pepe is one of my top three favorite pasta dishes of all time.  It’s simple, to the point, and packed with luscious texture and flavor.  The last restaurant I worked at made an incredible cacio e pepe, but they added a slight twist : shallots.  Oh!  And a sous vide poached egg on top.  It was such a creamy and decadent dish, I saved it only for special occasions.  It truly tasted like such a treat, and I didn’t want to ruin it by overindulging.

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

Although my kitchen skills aren’t exactly parallel to an executive chef (by a long shot), I can definitely recreate dishes in my own way.  Like I mentioned before, cacio e pepe is an easy concept, and not difficult to execute.  Cacio e pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper”, and that’s really all you need here.

Shallots bring a mild garlic and onion flavor to the dish, and add just a touch of sweetness to cut through the richness of all the cheese.  Shallots are one of my favorite kitchen staples because they are so subtle in their contributions, but still make a considerable impact on flavor.  I love me some garlic, but sometimes it’s just too overpowering.  For such a simple dish like cacio e pepe, you don’t want to take away from it’s core ingredients.

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

Cooking the shallots in a little white wine allows them to soften, and adds an additional depth of flavor.  Freshly cooked pasta is also highly recommended, but let’s be honest.  I didn’t use fresh pasta; I only dream of having fresh pasta available in my kitchen everyday.

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

Dried pasta will work just fine, and I recommend choosing a noodle that will readily absorb so much luxurious sauce.  I used spaghetti, but I’d suggest bucatini or linguine, as well.  Bucatini is a strand of pasta with a hole in the center, which makes it ideal for absorbing the sauce in your cacio e pepe.  Linguine or spaghetti are thick enough to carry the weight of the sauce, and absorb enough to make each bite flavorful.  It’s your call on what noodle you choose!

After the shallots have cooked in the wine, it’s time to toss in the pasta.  Using tongs, ently transfer it directly from it’s boiling pot into the shallots and white wine.  Immediately add pecorino cheese and pepper, and do not throw away your pasta water.  That stuff is like gold, especially for cacio e pepe.  Add the pasta water, just a little bit at a time, until your sauce develops into a smooth, creamy, decadent combination of angels’ voices and unicorn kisses.

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

Mm hmm.  It’s like that.

Pair your cacio e pepe with a killer bottle of Chianti, or a Sangiovese.  Think of an earthy red with some acidity; you want it to play with the pasta dish and cut through the richness.  Both of these wines are native to Italy and know pasta very well, so they definitely get my recommendation.  

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe

Cheers to you, your dinner tonight, and your cacio e pepe with shallots soon!  If you get the chance to make it, I’d love to see it!  Tag #aflavorjournal on Instagram, or tag me in your post!  Always feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, too.  <3

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cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in | a flavor journal small batch recipe
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5 from 12 votes

cacio e pepe with shallots

cacio e pepe with shallots is a gorgeous, decadent, and simple pasta to share for date night in!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cacio e pepe, cacio e pepe for two, cacio e pepe with shallots
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 637kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine (not sweet)
  • 4 oz. pasta (bucatini, spaghetti, linguine)
  • 1 tsp. cracked black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup pecorino cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup pasta water more if necessary

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add pasta.  (Be sure to add pasta according to package directions, and remove it when it's "al dente" about a minute before the directions say.  Time this accordingly to the sauce!)
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat through.  Toss in shallots, cook until starting to soften.  1 -2 minutes.
  • Add white wine, reducing as it cooks into the shallots. 5-7 minutes.  You want the alcohol to cook out, and the wine to reduce to a point of nearly no liquid left.
  • Once pasta is al dente, safely transfer about 3 tablespoons of the pasta water into your shallot pan.  Add the butter along with the pasta water, and melt to combine.
  • Use tongs to transfer the al dente pasta into the shallot mixture. Add pecorino cheese, one tablespoon of olive oil, freshly cracked black pepper, and toss to coat until the cheese has completely melted into the pasta.
  • Slowly add 1 Tbsp. of pasta water at a time to the pasta, and continuously toss to coat, until the sauce has developed a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Add just a touch more of freshly cracked black pepper, toss.  Serve immediately.

Notes

Garnish with local micro greens for an elegant garnish!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 637kcal

 

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    • Anna
    • September 5, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    This is one of my favourite dishes in a whole world. So simple, yet so effective. Tastes amazing every time! Just looking at your photos makes me hungry! Great work.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Anna! And I couldn’t agree more – cacio e pepe is so simple, yet so effective. It’s such a perfect option for a cozy, quick dinner at home. I love it!

  1. Reply

    5 stars
    I completely agree about cacio e pepe being one of the best pastas ever. Add the egg and shallots and it goes to the top of my list! I’m loving this idea SO much!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Paula! I LOVE the layer of flavor the shallots add to it – and they don’t make it any more complicated! So good!

  2. Reply

    5 stars
    How can such a simple meal look so comforting and amazing? Perfect for date night!

    • Kushigalu
    • September 8, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    How delicious and flavorful this looks. Can’t wait to try out this recipe 🙂

    • Marisa F. Stewart
    • September 8, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    You have my heart beating in excitement. The simplicity of the dish I believe is what makes it so tasty and appealing. Add ing the little additional flavors that you do certainly enhances the taste. Excellent job.

    • Aline
    • September 8, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    The best recipes are the simplest recipes!! This is one of my ultimate faves!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is GORGEOUS! Cacio e pepe is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes! Perfect for a night in with a glass of wine and a chick flick!

  4. Reply

    5 stars
    Mmmm! Pasta dishes are my weakness. This recipe looks so creamy and delish! I love that it’s a small batch recipe too.

    • Leanne
    • September 8, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    It’s just me and the hubs so this pasta is perfect for us! I love that it’s simple yet elegant and comforting all at once! Can’t wait to make it!

  5. Reply

    I can’t get over how pretty your photos are! This looks like a perfect dinner for one!

  6. Reply

    One of my all time favorite pasta dishes. Love this recipe, it’s SO good!

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