Gluten Free Cacio E Pepe: Twist on a Classic

Cheese lovers rejoice! This is about to be your new favorite recipe, but I’m warning you now- it’s very addicting. Not only is it cheesy, flavorful and like stepping into Rome, but it’s one of the easiest recipes ever. And I mean ever. Meet Gluten Free Cacio E Pepe, this is my untraditional take on Italy’s traditional staple. I’ve added flavor, extra cheese, and a gluten free option!

This dish is really a favorite for so many reasons. I mean first, who needs an excuse to love cheesy, cheesy pasta?! Well if you do, don’t worry I have plenty for you. This dish is technically just three ingredients- pasta, parmesan cheese, and pepper. It seems like a decadent pasta dish but I think even the least experienced chefs can whip this up. Sure, you can probably find a million and one gluten free cacio e pepe recipes on Pinterest, but today I’m sharing an elevated take that requires little extra effort. Yes, Please!

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Are you super hyped about gluten free Cacio E Pepe now?! I love this recipe but hate it at the same time, only because I want to eat it every. single. day. Without further adieu, let me show you how easily you can transform yourself into a true Italian chef!


Gluten-Free Cacio E Pepe: Twist on a Classic


  • 8 oz. Pasta of Choice
  • Cooked Pasta Water
  • 8 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Cook your pasta according to the box **DO NOT DRAIN
  2. In a separate skillet, on medium low heat, sauté garilc and basil
  3. Once pasta is cooked, use tongs to transfer to skillet with garlic mixture (DO NOT DRAIN WATER)
  4. Add parmesan cheese (amount per preferance) and a spoonful or two of pasta water. Continue this combo until you have your desired cheesiness/consitency
  5. Add salt and pepper, toss to coat
  6. Top with additional parmesan cheese and fresh basil

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Are you shocked how easy this gluten free cacio e pepe is?! RJ thinks I’ve slaved in the kitchen all day, but really it only takes about 15 minutes max. This dish is the perfect side at a dinner party or star at your next date night. There are so many modifications you can make to make it your own as well! We like a lot of garlic and cheese, but please feel free to tone it down for your preference.  You can also add in veggies such as cherry tomatoes, arugula, spinach, artichokes, etc. I would just sauté them in the skillet when you are cooking the garlic.

What would you add to your gluten free cacio e pepe? Or leave it as it? If you try this recipe, please share on Instagram and tag me! (@RileySitton + #OhYesPlz). We have a big tub of leftovers in the fridge and it’s taking all my will power not to enjoy it for breakfast! HA!

ps. here is the chicken recipe we cooked with our pasta, it’s very delicious! We skipped the potatoes and I seared the chicken in a skillet on medium heat for about 3-5 min each side before baking. You can also find more easy recipes here

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