Orzo Cacio Epepe, as seen on Mary Makes It Easy, Season 1.
Recipe courtesy of Mary Berg

Orzo Cacio e Pepe

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Enjoy this minimalist cheese and pepper pasta. It's an easy, dreamy creamy weeknight dinner option that comes together in under 25 minutes and only requires five ingredients!



  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir in the orzo and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or just until al dente. Strain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, place a skillet over medium heat. Toast 1 teaspoon of pepper until it smells spicy and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the orzo into the pan with the pepper. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining cooking liquid to the pan along with the Pecorino and Parmigiano and stir and toss vigorously until a creamy sauce forms, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed.
  3. Season to taste with salt and extra pepper if needed and serve immediately.