Zucchini Noodle Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Last Update: September 28, 2022

I returned home from Rome this summer inspired by the classic pasta dish Cacio e Pepe (“cheese and pepper”). This healthy twist features zucchini noodles as the base for a simple combination of ingredients like sharp, salty sheep’s milk cheese and bright and spicy freshly ground pepper. This dish is minimal, but magical.

Zucchini Noodle Cacio e Pepe

Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes


5 small zucchini, ends cut off
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely grated pecorino cheese cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Use a spiralizer to create long, thin zucchini noodles.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté zucchini noodles 2 minutes, until slightly tender. Off the heat, stir in Pecorino cheese and black pepper until all the noodles are fully coated. Serve immediately.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Merce Muse

Thrive Market Food Editor

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