This easy dish is quick enough for a weeknight but it’s also has a complexity that makes it nice for a special weekend dinner too! It’s a bit of a riff on the traditional Italian dish Cacio e Pepe pasta but with an added layer of umami thanks to the miso paste. To achieve a silky-smooth pasta, vigorously toss the pasta, grated cheese, and pasta water together to achieve a properly emulsified sauce – I actually watched a YouTube video on how to master this skill, but don’t be nervous just embrace it! Tongs are a must!
This recipe can be enjoyed as is with the simple 5 ingredients or sometimes I will top with grill or roast shrimp, scallops, or chicken.