cacio e pepe

I’ve made and failed at making cacio e pepe more times than I’d like to admit. I’ve created several dishes worth of watery pasta with clumps of cheese that refused to melt. Even after the first, second, and seventh failed attempt, I kept trying because some years ago I ate a wonderful plate of cacio e pepe and dreamed of recreating it.

However, it was also a matter of pride. How hard could it be to make a dish comprised of cheese, pasta and pepper? Unfortunately, I found out this simple dish can be easy to mess up. Making a silky sauce from dry cheese and water is a skill that needs to be learned.  Read more

zucchini pasta

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This was my all-time favorite dish as a kid. I mean what is not to love about pasta covered in cheese and zucchini? So of course when I left for college it became one of the first recipes I learned to make on my own.

Not only do I still love the taste of this dish but the ingredients are cheap and it is easy to make. The only downside is that it does not warm up well. If you are going to make zucchini pasta cook for enough people to eat it one in sitting. No judgement on how many, or few, servings you find in this recipe (I’m always confused as to how Ben & Jerry’s calculates four servings in their ice cream pints but I digress).  Read more