CACIO E PEPE Max cost £2.50, $4.00 Takes about 15 minutes

Spaghetti with cheese & cracked pepper Serves 4-5 as a main course

A traditional peasant dish from the Lazio region. To achieve the rustic element set your pepper mill to a very coarse setting or crack the black peppercorns with a pestle and mortar.
This sauce must be freshly prepared.


Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta (reserving two tablespoons of the cooking water) and transfer to a heated serving dish. Add the softened butter, grated cheese, plenty of cracked pepper and the two tablespoons of cooking water and toss thoroughly. Send to the table immediately