Once upon a time I celebrated a milestone birthday by traveling to France and Italy. I pretty much ate my way through every town I visited. When I reached Rome, I enjoyed a lunch break on a very rainy day at a tiny restaurant. I ordered a very basic dish, Cacio e Pepe, which is a more mature version of mac and cheese--but easy and super tasty.
This is easy to whip up in about 15 minutes and you can make it for one or for a family just as easily. Chances are you probably have all these ingredients in your house all the time.
Ingredients (serving for 1)
4 oz long pasta noodles
2 Tbs butter
1-1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded (don't use the green can stuff)
Get your water boiling and add about 2 tsp of salt and toss in your pasta. When its cooked to your liking, slide the pot off to the side and put a skillet on the hot burner. Melt the butter and add the pepper. Stir and then use tongs to add the cooked noodles. Stir around and add about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Remove the skillet from the heat and toss in about 1/4 cup of Parmesan and stir until creamy (if you add the cheese on the heat, it will get clumpy instead).
You are ready to eat! Buon appetito!