Pasta with Cheese and Cracked Pepper

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  • 8 ounces linguine
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon pepper, either freshly ground (for a milder taste) or coarsely cracked (for a more peppery taste!)
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt it heavily (a couple of tablespoons) and cook the linguine according to package directions. Before draining, save a cup of pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add pepper. Stir for a minute or two.
  3. Add 1/2 cup pasta water to the skillet and heat for about a minute. Add pasta, cheese and remaining butter and toss thoroughly until pasta is coated. Add more water to loosen the sauce if you need to.
  4. Divide pasta among warm bowls and serve.

Keywords: vegetarian pasta with cheese and cracked pepper