There is nothing like a plate or bowlful of comforting noodles when you are in need of an easy, homey meal. This recipe is an easy take on the Italian classic cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper). A short ingredient list and easy prep make this simple pasta recipe one to keep in your back pocket.

You may also enjoy my creamy pasta sauce. It’s also easy to make and incredibly tasty.
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White plate with pasta and Parmesan cheese with wedge salad in the background.

Why This Recipe?

For one, it’s easy to make. And if you’re like me, you already have everything you need to make it.

It’s also ready in almost no time at all. It takes longer to boil the water than it does to actually make the dish.

This recipe relies on the emulsification of the water and oil with the help of the starch in the cooking water. The creaminess is what makes these truly comforting noodles.

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The flavoring is what I like, but you are welcome to use any combination of seasonings you enjoy and have on hand.

Doubling the Recipe

It’s very easy to double this recipe. Just cook an entire pound of pasta and increase all the other ingredients to your liking.

Make It A Meal

Close up of coiled up bucatini pasta on a white plate.
A classic salad any time of year is a nice, old-school wedge salad with blue cheese, tomato, and crumbled bacon.

I just sit all alone and eat this right out of the pot sometimes, but if you’d like to turn it into a full-fledged meal, add this strawberry spinach salad as a side in the spring time, this stacked heirloom salad in the summer, or this fresh citrus salad in winter.


I have literally never had to figure out what to do with leftovers, but if you have some of these noodles leftover, just refrigerate them in a covered bowl.

You can reheat in the microwave or on the stove top over medium heat.

You could also use a bunch of your leftover to make a spaghetti pie. I have a recipe on the site I make with bucatini, (bucatini pie) but any long shape will work. You’ll just need some eggs and additional cheese and you’ll be in business. Leftover noodles never had it so good!

I really hope you love these noodles, you guys!

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Thanks, and enjoy!

close up of coiled up bucatini pasta on a white plate

Comforting Noodles Recipe

Jennifer Field
I hesitate to call this comforting noodles pasta dish a recipe. I've been making this forever. I hope you find it as comforting as I do. Enjoy!
4.34 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 725 kcal


  • 8 oz long pasta–spaghetti bucatini, linguine, etc
  • ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper flake
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning crushed in the palm of your hand
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese green can is fine


  • Cook the pasta in well-salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
  • Return pasta to the pot and add reserved water and the olive oil along with the pepper, pepper flake, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly but as gently as you can to keep from breaking up the pasta.
  • Stir until the pasta is evenly coated with the spices and the water and oil have cooked down to a creamy, thick sauce that coats the noodles.
  • Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with additional Parmesan or pepper and maybe some freshly chopped herbs, if desired.

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Serving: 1gCalories: 725kcalCarbohydrates: 111gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 689mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3g
Keyword comforting noodles, easy pasta recipe
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