A white bowl serving cacio e pepe with runner beans

Cacio e pepe with runner beans

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2

Cacio e pepe or "cheese and pepper" is a Roman classic – an easy pasta sauce that uses pasta water for silky texture. Runner beans add freshness and bite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal706
  • fat37g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre7g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 180g linguine or bucatini
  • 160g runner beans, topped, tailed, string removed and finely sliced
  • splash of olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 60g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed in a pestle and mortar (not too finely)
  • 30g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated and at room temperature



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 30g pecorino (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated and at room temperature, plus extra to serve


  1. Boil a pan of salted water, add the pasta and cook for 4 mins. Add the runner beans and cook together for 2 mins, then drain, reserving the water.

  2. Gently heat the oil and ¾ of the butter in a large, high-sided frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in the pepper with a wooden spoon and cook for 1 min, then add in a ladleful of the pasta water and whisk vigorously until you have the beginnings of a smooth sauce. Add in the rest of the butter, the pasta and the beans and half the cheeses, and stir, shaking the pan as you go to mix everything together and release starch from the pasta to make it extra creamy. Add in the rest of the cheese and shake some more until it melts and you have a silky smooth sauce. Ladle in more pasta water to loosen it if necessary, and make sure the pasta is cooked. Season with salt and serve straightaway with extra pecorino and pepper.

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Emma Gately's picture
Emma Gately
21st Jan, 2019
Quick, simple and delicious! A regular dish from now on for me.
Frans food
29th Apr, 2018
Fast, easy and so tasty. This will become a regular.
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