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Gluten Free Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Cacio e Pepe is a classic Roman pasta dish that is super easy and quick to make, yet delicious enough to serve to guests. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” which is a simple flavor combination. The starchy pasta water magically transforms into a creamy sauce, which makes that simple flavor combo really come together beautifully.

My Gluten Free Cacio e Pepe recipe uses Sam Mills gluten free corn and rice spaghetti. The best gluten free pasta to use for this is either a corn pasta or a pasta made with a corn and rice blend. These pastas stay al dente better than just rice pasta.

Enjoy a taste of Rome with this simple and elegant dish that is ready in about 15 minutes or less. Buon appetito!

Gluten-Free Cacio e pepe Recipe

4.78 from 9 votes
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Gluten Free Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 874kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 teaspoons kosher or fine sea salt
  • 12 ounces Sam Mills gluten free corn and rice spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper plus more for serving
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese plus more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for serving


  • In a large, deep skillet, bring 4½ cups water and the salt to a boil. Add the pasta and let it boil until the pasta is al dente and almost all the water has absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons pepper then take off the heat and stir in ½ cup cheese and 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Serve immediately with extra cheese, pepper, and olive oil.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cacio e Pepe Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 874 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 2719mg113%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 125g42%
Fiber 3g12%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 275mg28%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kristina
    October 22, 2018

    Looks delicious!

  2. Candy
    October 22, 2018

    I love this recipe! So easy and so delicious.

  3. Cheryl
    April 7, 2021

    Made this dish tonight, family loved it, but my only caveat is that it doesn’t tell you that you need to drain your pasta or at least the majority of it. Thank You for the recipe, sorry no pictures they ate it all

    1. Gluten Free & More
      April 8, 2021

      You shouldn’t have to drain much of the pasta – if you use a large skillet it should be spread out enough that the water will absorb and reduce. The water you’re left with will mix with the cheese to help spread it out to coat the pasta.

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