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Ranch Cacio e Pepe

This simple yet sophisticated dish is our grownup version of mac ‘n’ cheese.

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  • To get started: Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti or linguine to the pot and cook according to package directions. Save at least half a cup or so of the pasta water before draining the noodles.
  • Add the spaghetti back into the pot and stir in a generous amount of butter, a tablespoon or two of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning Shaker, lots of freshly ground black pepper and a large handful of freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Toss well to coat, adding pasta water as necessary to make it saucy.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twist on an easy classic! I didn't know that I could ranch up my pasta, and I didn't know what cacio e pepe was before this recipe. It's so easy, and it feels like you did more than just throwing a jar of sauce on pasta. You could also add an endless amount of things to it if you want, but I like the buttery, cheesy, ranchy goodness.
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs tweaking This had a lot of potential but sort of fell short for me. I agree with others who said this makes a good side dish, but not so much of a main entree. I would try it again using some suggestions others have made- I made it exactly as it was in the recipe, but I could see adding garlic, bacon bits, maybe crushed red pepper... it just needs a little something more to make it really pop with flavor.
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but kinda plain It's a good recipe, but more of a side dish to me than as a main course like mac 'n' cheese is. Tasty.
Date published: 2020-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and yummy This is a simple recipe that is a taste pallet pleaser. I can choose any style of pasta I want and its always a winner in my household.
Date published: 2020-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be simpler! Delicious, quick and really easy! A great choice when you don’t have any idea what to cook.
Date published: 2020-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Great and easy to make one of my favorite dishes so far
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy spagetti dish Easy and quick spagetti dish for week nights and tastes great
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried this several times and it is always a favorite meal
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect perfect. kids helped cook dinner. enjoyed very much
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Great taste and easy to make. My family loved it! Will definitely make again.
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Favorite! The kids I babysit for loved this twist on traditional mac and cheese!
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great flavor. My wife and I were looking for something other than boiled noodles and throwing ajar or can of pasta sauce together. Simple yet full of flavor.
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow The flavor is Exceptional! It’s so different than usual noodles.
Date published: 2020-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooo good! Comfort food alert! When you just need a big bowl of pasta, this couldn't be any easier or more satisfying!
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything is better with bacon I added crumbled bacon to this dish - made it even better than the original!
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Fast, & Easy! I always have leftover spaghetti noodles on spaghetti night, instead of just having noodles and butter, I tried this and now I have something great to do with my leftover noodles. Super tasty and simple! Love the ranch seasoning!
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good #REALLYLOVEIT amazing try it for yourself! You will love it
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Its a good recipe my family loved it you should try it
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy This is a quick and easy recipe. Good for a no-stress weekday meal. The family loves it.
Date published: 2020-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome My family loves this! So easy to make and so yummy!
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ranch rules the world! I sprinkle dry ranch on everything, it brings out so much flavor especially on plain pasta, with a little olive oil, Asiago cheese, you have dinner
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crowd pleaser With my family having different taste in food, this is a perfect dish that everyone will like. You can never go wrong with pasta, and this is such a tasty recipe. It is very easy and quick to make.
Date published: 2020-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy, simple, super tasty! After spaghetti night we always have leftover noodles & no sauce, I came across this recipe and was super excited to see something I could do with the leftover noodles other than just using butter! Very tasty and easy to make, simple & quick!
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pasta with a Twist This is a great side dish or entree!! Easy, tasty, and filling!
Date published: 2020-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for dinner I critiqued it with some minced garlic this is a great recipe
Date published: 2020-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Just sitting wondering what to have for dinner tomarrow . now I know. easy and fast make
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great flavor super cheap and easy to make. The entire family love it so much.
Date published: 2019-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy Yummy and easy. Great dinner that doesn't take hours to make.
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy week night dinner! Made this tonight with protein penne. Simple yet delicious!
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple but Tasty! I always have pasta in my cupboard but alot of times I dont have any sauce to use with it without going to the store. This is a great idea!
Date published: 2019-12-03
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