Cacio e Pepe Rice with Guanciale

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


The luscious fat from ground guanciale, Italian cured pork cheek, melts into a spicy sauce for this quick-fire risotto-like dish. Featured in: Hong Kong, Italian-Style


  • 4 oz. guanciale, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. brine-cured green peppercorns, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 12 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups cooked plain sushi rice
  • Grated Pecorino Romano, for garnish


Step 1

Pulse guanciale in a food processor until ground; transfer to a 4-qt. saucepan. Add butter, green peppercorns, coarsely ground black pepper, salt, and 3⁄4 cup water; simmer over medium-high until butter is melted, 2–3 minutes. Stir in rice and cook until warmed through, 3–4 minutes. Divide rice between bowls; garnish with pecorino and more pepper.

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