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Better Pressure Cooker Pasta: Pipe Cacio e Pepe - the Roman Mac 'n Cheese

By pazzaglia, member

October 5th, 2011

This recipe is the Roman version of  Mac 'n Cheese - fresher, lighter and well... Italian!  Even though you add the "sauce" after pressure cooking, this recipe takes advantage of the boiling pasta water to melt the cheese (a step that would ordinarily be done separately with the pasta cooking water).

Original versions of this dish only have Percorino Romano cheese and pepper.. lots of it!  So much that the result is very spicy (like many dishes from this region). But the last couple of generations of Roman housewives have upgraded this dish without making it any more complicated with the addition of Ricotta cheese and a dash of  fresh herbs.

Since Ricotta is such a dominant flavor in this dish... buy the good stuff or make it yourself from a gallon of whole milk!

Recipe Used: My own design - Pressure Cooker Pasta: Pipe Cacio e Pepe - Pipes with Cheese and Pepper

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