Introduction: Cacio E Pepe Ramen

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Literally meaning 'cheese and pepper,' cacio e pepe takes mac and cheese to a whole new level! This ramen version is cheap, easy, and sinfully decadent-- the perfect gourmet dorm food. Inspired by Chef David Chang's Mind of a Chef version, I decided to make my own adaptation using my favorite cacio e pepe recipe from epicurious.com, which uses two different kinds of cheese. It took a bit of trial and error, but the result is incredible.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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1 cup of water

3 tablespoons butter

Freshly ground black pepper

Package of instant ramen noodles (I'm using one of my favorite Korean brands. Make sure to keep packets for later use)

3/4 cup of grated parmesan (Don't use the powdered Kraft parmesan! Fresh parmesan is waay better, trust me!)

1/3 cup of grated pecorino cheese

Step 2: Start Sauce

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Melt the butter over medium heat until slightly browned and toasted. Watch it carefully! It should smell awesome by now. Then, add the water and a few grinds of freshly grated black pepper and turn the heat down to low.

Step 3: Add Cheese

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Add the pecorino and parmesan cheese in handfuls and stir until melted and thoroughly combined.

Make sure the butter mixture isn't too hot! Wait a bit if the mixture still is bubbling or looks hot, because the cheese protiens will break at a high temperature and will clump into a rubbery mess.

Step 4: Add the Ramen Noodles

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Put the ramen noodles in the pan and stir to break up the noodles and coat them. The noodles will begin to cook and will loosen.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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After a few minutes, the noodles will be completely separated and will suck in the liquid instead of floating in the liquid. Serve, adding cheese and pepper to taste. I put an over-easy egg on the top, and it looks gorgeous!

Enjoy! :D

My sources were Mind of a Chef, Epicurious.com, and pepper.ph

Comments

dwisdom (author)2015-12-12

Gave this a shot for dinner just now. Didn't turn out as visually pleasing as yours here, but incredibly delicious! I went for a variation on adding the egg. While the ramen was towards the latter part of soaking up the cheesy broth, I added a beaten egg drop by drop in while it was still cooking, so as to ensure full cooking of the egg. Couldn't be happier!

ashervivi88 (author)dwisdom2015-12-13

Nice! I have to try that idea sometime-- was the egg's texture a bit like egg drop soup? I'm glad you enjoyed!

jvdillon (author)2015-12-09

Looks great! I cant wait to try this. My kids were begging me to make this when I showed them.

Great job!

ashervivi88 (author)jvdillon2015-12-10

Yay! Tell me how it goes and I'm glad you like it!!

Laotiantwinkie7 (author)2015-12-02

I just watched that episode of mind of a chef yesterday! I love that show, nice instructable!

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-02

Nice simple recipe. You should enter this in the Dorm Food contest. It would probably do really well.

Thank you! I entered it, so be sure to vote! :)

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