"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.
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.
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.
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.
2 starch, 1 fat, 1 lean protein, 1/2 vegetable
Easy, colorful, and delicious!