What makes this dish great is its simplicity. Traditional cacio e pepe doesn’t include greens, but I find some arugula lightens up the dish. Feel free to swap the arugula for peas or asparagus spears or even artichoke hearts. It’s an all-in-one meal, no salad needed! The starchy pasta cooking water is an important element of the recipe, so don’t forget to reserve some before you drain the pasta; you can’t make the sauce without it! I love how the gooey melted cheese mixes with the pepper and pancetta. This is my friend Shane’s favorite dish and I make it for him often.
— Giada De Laurentiis
Excerpted from Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita. Published by Clarkson Potter Publishing, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. © 2018 by GDL Foods Inc. Photo by Aubrie Pick.