Cacio e Pepe Pizza

by Erin

This is what the simply delicious pasta dish cacio e pepe would looks like in pizza form. I know you’ve been wondering so you’re welcome.

Cheese and Pepper Pizza

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How is it June?? I feel like I am in a time warp because it both feels like no time as passed and yet at the same time so much has happened. Unfortunately few of those things have been good, especially lately.

Despite all the progress human-kind has to show for itself over the course of history, it’s devastating that people of color are still treated as lesser humans.

I sit here not really knowing what else to say without feeling like they are just words, or a list of thoughts that you’ve heard before, but I feel the need to express my support so here goes.

These protests are absolutely warranted.

We need to be better at being kind to our fellow humans, of all races, genders, backgrounds, and beliefs.

So much hatred spawns for misunderstanding or fear. Instead, learn about the lives of others different than yours – try to understand their perspective.

This cannot go on. We have to change.

The photos of people of all colors, even policemen, coming together in protest give me hope that maybe something will finally give this time.

Butt takes more than standing alongside one another to change a mindset of the collective, however the collective can change by one person at a time.

Cacio e Pepe Pizza

How do you transition from that to talking about this pizza? You don’t.

How frivolous does my blog full of food recipes feel in comparison to actual pain and suffering?  But here we are so I am just going to go with it.

This pizza, as you can guess from the name, was inspired by the dish cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper), so you can guess what the toppings are – cheese and pepper.

But not just any cheese: freshly grated romano, parmesan, and a big ball of burrata. If you are unfamiliar with burrata, imagine a fresh ball of mozzarella with stracciatella and cream in the center – similar to a rich ricotta.

Now imagine that melted on top of pizza.

Finish it off with a drizzle of truffle oil and you’ve got a deliciously simple pizza.

Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Truffle Oil

Three years ago: June 2017 Stitch Fix #23

Four years ago: Chorizo Breakfast Burritos

Five years ago: Boozy Ginger-Lemon Fruit Salad

Eight years ago: Baked Blueberry French Toast with Streusel Topping

Nine years ago: Chick’amole Salad Sandwich

Cheese and Pepper Pizza


Yield: 2-3 servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 recipe pizza dough, risen
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 oz. Romano cheese, finely shredded
  • 8 oz. fresh burrata Mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp truffle oil
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Place pizza stone on middle rack and allow to preheat in the oven to 450°F.
  2. Roll out dough to desired size and transfer to a pizza peel (or flat baking sheet) sprinkled with cornmeal.
  3. Spread butter and olive oil over the dough and top with pepper, Parmesan, and Romano. While holding it over the pizza, rip burrata into pieces and distribute evenly.
  4. Transfer to the hot pizza stone (it’ll take a couple shakes) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it the crust turns golden and the cheese starts to bubble.
  5. Allow to cool 5 minutes before cutting and serving drizzled with truffle oil and a sprinkle of parsley.
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Susan June 1, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Beautifully said, Erin! We think alike on this. I find myself wondering why, if a creature is shaped like a human and talks like a human, and if that human-shaped creature is arrestable, that some people can’t see a human in front of them if their skin color is not identical to theirs. I have a horrible feeling like even this, with all the protests won’t be any help unless we can elect people who understand the need. I hope and pray we do that this year. This pizza strikes me as being the Italian-style equivalent to quesadillas (which are one of my favorite foods on the planet, when they are made with just Oaxaca cheese). Definitely need to try this one. It will clearly make the day I eat it better.

Erin June 1, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Thanks Susan. I do fear that just like all the years prior to this that it will all be for nothing, but I hope that it can fuel change in leadership especially with the upcoming election, most definitely the president but also important are the local elected officials.

I hope you do make this and I will be happy knowing to have made your day brighter by sharing it.

Susan July 11, 2020 - 5:42 pm

Made this for lunch today, and it was wonderful, as expected. Especially since my husband actually found burrata at the grocery store. Thanks for a great recipe. It definitely made my day better. :-)

Erin July 13, 2020 - 10:32 am

Aw that\s wonderful to hear! I’ve been having a hard time find burrata as well.


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