Cacio e Pepe Pasta Fries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
We didn’t think anything could be better than a big plate of cacio e pepe — until we turned the dish into a fried snack! —Cory Fernandez for Food Network Magazine.


  1. Boil 2 cups of penne until al dente, drain and pat very dry. Working in batches, shallow-fry the pasta in vegetable oil over medium-high heat, tossing, until golden, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt and grated Parmesan. For the dip, mix 4 ounces room-temperature cream cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup heavy cream and lots of freshly ground pepper.