Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper.
Years ago, I went to New York to visit my friend Jenna, and together we went to Lupa for dinner. The meal was fantastic, largely because I was there with Jenna, but also because the restaurant served the simplest, tastiest dishes--nothing fussy or overdone. It was June, so early summer vegetables were on showcase. We had snap peas with sea salt and grilled radicchio with balsamic vinegar. And, I mean, this meal happened nearly eight years ago, but I remember that food.
For my dinner at Lupa, I ordered bavette cacio e pepe, which I think now has become pretty famous. When I read Smitten Kitchen's version last week, I remembered again how delicious it was. And it is so, so simple to make.
I served it with a large mixed green salad and a smile, because it looks like just plain spaghetti. Nothing to worry about, kids! Nothing challenging or unusual tonight! And they ate it up.