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Giada's Fusilli With Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper

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“My daughter and I saw Giada whip this up her show, Giada At Home. My daughter insisted we make it for dinner and boy am I glad we did. We all enjoyed it very much. The smooth and creamy sauce is seasoned perfectly and a bit spicy with pepper. I didn't add any extra salt because the grated cheese tends to add enough salt for me. I cut back on the pepper just a bit but it is necessary so be sure to add it.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the garlic and discard. Add the spinach and 2 teaspoons pepper, and cook until the spinach has wilted, about 1 minute.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the pasta. Add the Pecorino Romano cheese and 2 teaspoons each salt and pepper, and toss until coated. *I did not add salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the reserved cooking liquid and the mascarpone cheese until smooth. Pour over the pasta and toss until coated. Season with salt, if desired.
  5. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and serve.
  6. Serve with sliced summer tomatoes and a crusty bread.

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