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Pasta with Butter and Parmesan

This easy, delicious Pasta with Butter and Parmesan is my take on the classic Italian dish Cacio e Pepe. Spaghetti is topped with a simple Parmesan pepper butter sauce. It pairs well with a green salad and a side of crusty bread.

Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, easy, one pot meal
Servings: 12 ounces
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Kristina


  • 12 oz spaghetti (or your favorite noodles)
  • 8 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring well-salted water to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving the water for later use. Set the pasta aside.
  • Melt butter in the same pot. Add pepper and toast over medium heat for 1 minute stirring frequently.
  • Remove from the heat. Slowly add ½ of the Parmesan, whisking continuously to incorporate into the butter.
  • Add ½ cup reserved pasta water and the remaining Parmesan. Whisk until combined.
  • Add pasta to the sauce and toss. If the pasta seems too dry, add reserved water ¼ cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve warm, with a green salad and a side of crusty bread.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 503kcal