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5 Ingredient Cacio e Pepe

May 11, 2023


Katy DuBois

Disclosure: Thank you to Our Place and Collective Voice for sponsoring this post. All items were picked out and loved by Katy – a Content Creator here at LIY!

HI FRIENDS, Katy here! I have lived in my fair share of apartments and now, our current home was built in 1929; so let’s just say the kitchen is a prettyyyy tight space and storage can be an issue! Enter the Our Place Always Pan 2.0. You could seriously just have this ONE pan and be set. It streamlines your kitchen because it replaces 10 pieces of cookware in your home! Less clutter AND cleaning up one pan vs 10 when I’m making a meal?! Yes to all of that. It replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, roasting dish, baking dish, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Our Place is currently having their Spring Sale aka their biggest sale of the season…and the Always Pan 2.0 is now only $115 through May 21st! (keep reading for more sale details!)

My husband and I love cooking together as a date night and today my friends, we are making Cacio e Pepe all with my Home Cook Duo. BONUS: you could actually make this entire dish in JUST your Always Pan 2.0. However, if you want the most bang for your buck and to have the only pot and pan you will need in your kitchen, I would grab the Home Cook Duo set during the Our Place Spring Sale [normally $315 – on sale for $236!]. I don’t know about you, but when a product is this amazing I love to stock up on future gifts (even Holiday!) when they are at such a great price.

Here are all the need-to-know deets: 

If you are attending a wedding soon, these items would make such an incredible gift for the couple as the duo or individually! p.s. excuse any kitchen messiness. This is real life with an (almost) 6 month old and dog over here HA!

Home Cook Duo [normally $315 – on sale for $236!] // Perfect Pot [$33 off] // Always Pan 2.0 [$35 off]

The Always Pan 2.0 and Perfect Pot are made with a Non toxic-non stick that’s better for you without PTFEs, PFOAs, lead, cadmium and other potentially toxic materials found in the majority of non-stick pans; which is very important to me! Our place also makes it their mission to use recycled and sustainable materials, plus over 80% of products are sourced from a woman-owned factory. Can we also mention how BEAUTIFUL they are?! I mean, I leave them out on the stove as a statement piece. My  Perfect Pot is the color “steam” and my Always Pan 2.0  is “azul”

Cacio e Pepe (gluten free version)

Literally means “cheese and pepper,” this minimalist cacio e pepe recipe is like a stripped-down but adult version of mac and cheese!

NOTE: I did add broccoli and chicken to mine to spruce it up!

Servings 2 servings


  • 6 oz Your Choice Of Pasta I used Organic Red Lentil Sedanini for a gluten free version!
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter cubed & divided
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Grana Padano or Parmesan finely grated
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino


  1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a 5-qt. pot. Season with salt; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Drain, reserving ¾ cup pasta cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a Dutch oven or other large pot or skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and cook, swirling pan, until toasted, about 1 minute.

  3. Add ½ cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter. Reduce heat to low and add Grana Padano, stirring and tossing with tongs until melted. Remove pan from heat; add Pecorino, stirring and tossing until cheese melts, sauce coats the pasta, and pasta is al dente. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and serve.

Recipe Notes

Recipe credit: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cacio-e-pepe 

While my pasta is boiling in the Perfect Pot (tomorrow night’s recipe is a roasted chicken in here!). I am steaming the broccoli in the Always Pan 2.0! Once that was done, I cooked my chicken, and made my sauce also all in the Always Pan 2.0!

Other cookware I have used in the past have been difficult to pick up and move around the kitchen, but these are so lightweight and easy to use! I LOVE that the Perfect Pot has a built-in strainer.

Dinner is served! Cooking and cleaning up couldn’t be easier thanks to my Always Pan 2.0 and Perfect Pot. CHEERS Y’ALL!

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