Springtime Cacio e Pepe


"Cacio e pepe" means "cheese and pepper" in Italian. This spaghetti dish, with fresh asparagus and baby arugula, is flavored with "cacio e pepe" and a little lemon zest. It's simple to prepare and on the table in just 25 minutes.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 6 ounces dried multi-grain spaghetti

  • 8 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

  • ½ teaspoon 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • 1 cup baby arugula

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a Dutch oven cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Return spaghetti to Dutch oven.

  2. Meanwhile, line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Arrange asparagus in the prepared pan and drizzle with oil; toss to coat. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or just until tender. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of the lemon zest.

  3. Add 3/4 cup of the reserved cooking water, the Parmesan cheese, and pepper to spaghetti; stir until creamy. If needed, stir in additional reserved cooking water to reach desired consistency. Add asparagus and arugula; toss to coat. Sprinkle servings with the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest and additional black pepper. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
9g Fat
32g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g 27%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 608IU 12%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 35mcg 9%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 150mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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