Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe

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Buckle up team, we’re combining 2 of the favs here on What’s Gaby Cooking today for a late summer / early fall Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe spin!

Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe from (@whatsgabycookin)

I think we can safely say that Cacio e Pepe is a def fav for all of us here on WGC. It’s. a simple pasta dish, that quite literally means cheese and pepper, that is just packed with flavor and I could eat it every single day if given the opportunity. Tomato confit on the other hand is a slowly cooked tomato sauce that just has tomatoes, olive oil and a few seasonings and has made the rounds in our kitchens since going in the last cookbook. What happens when you combine the two…. the most magical end of summer / end of tomato season pasta dish that will BLOW YOUR MIND.

This Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe it’s not to be missed. It’s loaded with that jammy tomato goodness, tons of freshly cracked black pepper for a bit of a kick and cheese to hold it all together. It’s a work of art and I need you to try it while we’re at the tail end of tomato season. You will NOT be disappointed!!

Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe from (@whatsgabycookin)

Tomato Confit Cacio e Pepe

5 from 14 votes
Imagine your fav Cacio e Pepe but with a giant spoonful of slowly cooked tomatoes – it's the perfect match made in late summer heaven!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 10 ounces spaghetti  
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper


  • In a medium skillet, place the tomatoes and olive oil over medium high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Give the mixture a stir to combine.
  • Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for roughly 30 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes.
  • After 30ish minutes, the tomatoes should be falling apart. Remove them from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve about ¾ cup of the pasta water once cooked and add to the tomato confit along with the cheese and the cooked and drained pasta. Season with salt and at least 2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper. Taste and adjust as needed.


  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious! I used Delallos spaghetti #04 and their cheese!! I think this is better than sauce and love something to make with cherry tomatoes! Thanks!! Becki

  2. Hello Gaby! Great recipes and dynamic you have! Congrats for the baby! About the tomatoes confit… don’t you get aggravated by the skins? Once cooked, it becomes waxy!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE your tomato confit, and look forward to making it and freezing it with my home grown tomatoes so I can enjoy the flavor all year round!!! This looks fabulous!

  4. 5 stars
    I really did not know what to expect from this dish. It seemed too simple. Recipe was super easy, the most time consuming part was quartering the the tomatoes. I used some imported pecorino and Red Cow Parmesan (watched SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT and had to try some, it’s worth every penny.) Well it was absolutely delicious. I would not be unhappy if I was served that in a high end restaurant. Well done Gaby!!!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG! This was absolutely delicious!! Made it last night and it was a huge hit. I added spinach just for extra vitamins. Super easy and great for the entire family!

  6. 5 stars
    One of my favorite recipes! So easy and delicious! I like adding in a few cloves of garlic to the confit as well. Yum!

  7. 5 stars
    My parmesan globbed up when I added the pasta water and we had these large Parm globs. The meal was delicious regardless, just wondering if I should’ve done something different and/or how you would’ve fixed it. Thanks!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow this is such a flavorful and easy weeknight recipe! So glad this is the September cooking club recipe! My husband and I both loved it! Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Tomato confit is incredible!! Cacio e pepe is incredible!! Why did nobody ever think to combine the two?! This fish was divine and SO easy to make

  10. Could you please tell me which of your tomato confit recipes would be best along side grilled veggies and/or with a cheese board. Thanks so much.

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