Cacio e Pepe Fries

Frozen versions make it easy to enjoy delicious fries at home. Two additional ingredients, pecorino cheese and black pepper (cacio e pepe!), easily elevate these. Make sure to sprinkle the cheese as soon as the fries come out of the oven so it melts in the residual heat and sticks to the fries. Crinkle or waffle fries have grooves that will also help the cheese adhere.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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One 16-to-20-ounce bag frozen fries, preferably crinkle or waffle

1/4 cup finely grated pecorino (about 1 ounce)  

Freshly ground black pepper 


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the frozen fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, tossing halfway through, 18 to 20 minutes. Immediately transfer the fries to a serving platter and sprinkle evenly with the cheese and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.