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When in Rome...

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In my six visits to Rome, I have learned that there are two ABSOLUTES! There are many things I love to do in Rome, but two I MUST do: eat spaghetti carbonara and eat a plate of pasta with cacio e pepe (sometimes more than once)! After that, there are many things I love to do, see, and experience in Rome, but a bowl of cacio e pepe has brought both Brad and I to tears on a first evening in Rome. Can pasta be a spiritual experience? YES! I'm sure it also has to do with the magic of the city, a glass or two of wine or prosecco before dinner, and anticipation of a late evening visit to a bar in Campo dei Fiori, or after dinner coffee at a rooftop bar.

Alas, I have no upcoming trips planned for Rome in the very near future, SO the next best thing?

A bowl of Cacio e pepe at home!

I am lucky to find "Cacio di Roma" at my Bristol Farms.

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While pasta is boiling, grate the cheese. Put 1 T. of olive oil in a skillet. When pasta is about one minute BEFORE al dente, Turn skillet on low to heat oil, and add a ladle full of pasta water. Stir in a small handful of the cheese and stir vigorously.

Add cooked pasta, remaining cheese and about 1 t. of freshly ground black pepper and stir until cheese melts and forms a sauce. Add a little more pasta water if necessary.

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Buon Appetito!

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Comments (3)

Carole:

Where in Rome did you have the cacio e pepe that brought tears to your eyes? I would love to devour a bowl of pasta that could make me that emotional.

Carole,

da Sergio, near Campo dei Fiori!

sandrac:

I LOVE cacio e pepe! That's it; I'm going to da Sergio's in June (I've walked past but never actually eaten there!)

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