Cacio e Pepe Risotto

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I think it’s safe to say we all LOVED the Cacio e Pepe from a few weeks ago – so naturally I went down a deep dark rabbit hole of Cacio e Pepe EVERYTHING and this Cacio e Pepe Risotto was born!

Cacio e Pepe Risotto from (@whatsgabycookin)

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating – risotto is not as hard as people make it seem. It’s actually quite easy – just requires a little bit of stirring. This Cacio e Pepe risotto is loaded with 3 kinds of cheese, plenty of pepper and it’s actually my definition of perfection.

Let’s talk tips and tricks for risotto:

  • Do you really need to heat the stock before adding? No, I don’t! It’s technically the way we learned in culinary school – but not the end of the world!
  • Can you make this with any rice? I prefer arborio rice for risotto!
  • Can I make risotto with quinoa or farro? You COULD do it with farro and quinoa, same process. Just slightly different texture at the end.
  • What do I do without mascarpone cheese? Cream Cheese! Or a splash of heavy cream!
Cacio e Pepe Risotto from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Cacio e Pepe Risotto

5 from 9 votes
We all love the flavors of a traditional Cacio e Pepe but today it's going into a risotto and honestly, I've never been more excited
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (anything but an oaky chardonnay)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • kosher salt and tons of freshly cracked black pepper
  • lemon to serve


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the Arborio rice to the skillet, making sure to stir it around in the olive oil so that each granule is coated with it, and toast it for about 90 seconds
  • Add the white wine and stir the rice until all the wine has been absorbed and then start adding the chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time, making sure not to add more until the previous addition has been absorbed
  • Once the rice is just tender, add most of the Parmesan and Pecorino (leaving some for garnish) and all of the mascarpone cheese and combine. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges on the side


  1. Sounds delicious and I wonder if I could adapt to my Instant Pot. Hmmmmm. I think since the cheeses are added at the end, I could probably make it work. I might just have to play around with the amount of chicken stock used.

  2. 5 stars
    Looks yummy, but here’s a genuine question to American home cooks during quarantine: Can you get most ingredients for your home recipes during quarantine? In in Toronto, normally a big city with almost every ingredient under the sun available, but I’ve not been out of the house in six weeks. Forget Instacart–it’s like the Hunger Games and books 14 days ahead. Amazon does not deliver from Whole Foods here, so only some goods in cans, bags and boxes. Icing sugar cost me $20 yesterday. Flour is about $15 for 5 lbs. from a niche small mill. Marscarpone (in a city with a large number of Italians)–forget it. I hear Americans saying they are going to do Thanksgiving while on lockdown. Where do you get a turkey or cranberries? I’m ordering meat from a high-end butcher who delivers, but turkey–not a chance. I’m just curious how this is working in various parts of America…And envious.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner tonight since I had all of the ingredients and it was divine! I feel like I’ve been making one of your recipes each week! Keep them coming! ❤️

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good! I was looking for a simple comfort food dinner and this was perfect. I’ll definitely be making this again and again. I didn’t have mascarpone so I used a bit of heavy cream. Delicious! Thank you Gaby!

  5. 5 stars
    The first risotto recipe I ever made and came out perfectly! So so good. Have made it a couple times since then, and each time it’s great.

  6. 5 stars
    This risotto has 5 star flavor. It is simply fantastic. Easy to make and will be going into my “favorites” recipe file!

    1. risotto doesnt lend itself to being made ahead of time. IF you do, you’ll want to add a little bit of liquid when you’re re-heating

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious!!! I was always afraid to do risotto…since the time I made it with regular rice..haha…but I don’t talk about that paste creation.. this was so incredibly easy to prepare and my family went nuts over it!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Honestly, i think this is my most favorite thing to eat. I know there are a ton of risotto recipes on here and i am sure they are all super delicious, but i simply can’t get past this one. It’s just so good!!!!!

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