Cacio E Pepe Ramen





Introduction: Cacio E Pepe Ramen

About: I am a fifteen-year-old foodie and diy-er who always prefers to make than buy. I love cooking, crafting, and eating.

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, 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

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

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

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

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!

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,, and

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    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!

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

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

    Great job!

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

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

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

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