Cacio e pepe is that now-trendy Roman pasta dish that is simply pasta, pepper and cheese. The Italians do simple dishes so well, and that is a testament to the quality of their local ingredients.
And then of course I couldn’t help tinkering around with it.
Simply boil spaghetti in salted water until al dente. Melt some butter in a pan until it is bubbling away, add in pine nuts and black pepper and stir in the spaghetti. Add some pasta water to make loosen it a little. Squeeze in some lemon juice. Serve generously with grated Parmesan and more black pepper to taste.
Just the thing when you’re too lazy to cook anything elaborate but still want something delicious.