Cacio e Pepe | Botched by Babish (ft. Italia Squisita)
This week, the great (if somewhat particular) folks over at @Italia Squisita are weighing in on my misguided interpretation of the OG Roman mac n' cheese, Cacio e Pepe. Celebrated Italian chef Luciano Monosilio tells me exactly what it takes to make this supposedly simple dish: can I manage to further screw it up? Turns out yes, I can, and while sparing no expense. Join me in my descent into cheesy madness.

Directed & Edited by the immensely talented Brad Cash.
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  • Italia Squisita
    Italia Squisita

    That's insane! Andrew Rea is at the top of the game, his videos are almost rocket science, but he keeps putting himself on the line! Great respect from Italy, man. Still, we may have something else to say about this "botched" case...

    • TriAgg


    • Brian El Montana
      Brian El Montana


    • JnR Cooking
      JnR Cooking

      I do Japanese homemade cooking videos, if you are interested check them out

    • Krul Za
      Krul Za


    • Jackson Sabre
      Jackson Sabre

      Im guessing Carbonara?

  • Paul Blart: Meme Cop
    Paul Blart: Meme Cop

    10:17 Freudian Slip

  • DIO Brando
    DIO Brando

    Babish your Parm Mitzvah joke is flawed A Bar Mitzvah is when a jewish Boy turns 13 NOT 12 If its 12 its a Baat Mitzvah which comes from the Word Baat aka Girl.

  • Caitlin Gwin
    Caitlin Gwin

    This episode is absolutely cursed and Andrew is losing his mind🤣

  • Deg Pez
    Deg Pez


  • Zaida Delflor
    Zaida Delflor

    The cheese should be left at low heat or remove the heat since the pan in hot.

  • Big Butta Tubs
    Big Butta Tubs

    It just hit me babish kinda sounds like a mix of tom from toonami bob from the burgers and joker

  • DeusExCanis

    You forgot to toast the peppercorn and put pasta water in the pan with them before adding the pasta

  • James Henderson
    James Henderson

    The soul leaving Andrew’s body when the shop calls about his car is every German car owner’s cyclical nightmare

  • TalynCo

    Man been a while since I watched babish. These videos are way different now.... All the presentation and personalisation is gone. I feel like this is all behind the scenes. No actual video.

  • Jack Norman
    Jack Norman

    Make a paste with the cheese, black pepper and pasta water then add that to the pasta

  • David Irvin
    David Irvin

    That was the least composed I’ve ever seen Babish 😅

  • awktopus

    my instinct is he didn't grate the cheese finely enough so it melted before it could form the sauce.

  • virtualTeio

    as a peasant i'm feeling an incomparable amount of stress watchign someone buy and then ruin $1000 worth of cheese. i need to lie down.

  • acester86

    That's a ringing made a lot of Cacio Pepe...

  • acester86

    How much did the cheese wheel weight?

  • LexTheQueer

    i cannot believe they never used that thousand dollar cheese wheel

  • Game Might
    Game Might

    If it explodes it’s a Molotov.

  • Felix

    Gotta let those noodles cool off for a bit before combining them with the cheese

  • Sir Henk
    Sir Henk

    You missed out on the hilarious opportunity to break all the pasta in half immediately. People would have lost their minds

  • MrTrogdornkc

    In the first 6 or so attempts, could you have added too much cheese too fast?

  • Jelly Sauce3
    Jelly Sauce3

    So this is why he was always in fear of offending the Italians…

  • Megahades

    every time i rewatch this im just reminded of exactly how no one ever asked the italians

  • Akash Singh
    Akash Singh

    i thought he was gonna put it into the cheese wheel thingy. I WANT MY MONEY BACK ! ! ! i'm kidding lol. it:s fun to see andy suffer.

  • Jaimelynn Sylvester
    Jaimelynn Sylvester

    This was your best episode yet

  • Ellen Spear
    Ellen Spear

    Oh dear, I see myself trying to open a (significantly smaller) spaghetti squash the other day. I still have all my fingers. That said, I'm so impressed with this cheese/video/maker.

  • Hannah Darling
    Hannah Darling

    I have this on in the background at work right now and I am laughing hysterically purely at the sounds of Andrew losing his mind over cheese

  • Jeremy Cooke
    Jeremy Cooke

    Honestly you did ruin the cheese though

  • Farah

    I got a FIbill ad with babish in it on a babish video

  • dankspain

    Some olive oil to emulsify?

    • dankspain

      Alright he ended up using it. I love how Americans overcomplicate cooking so much it was painful to watch 😂

  • Rosie McClure
    Rosie McClure

    The multiple fails is karma for the horrible scraping noises throughout from the tongs on the pans

  • Justin Evancho
    Justin Evancho

    I like how he eats it angry and everything

  • Ryan Behnken
    Ryan Behnken

    I think this is my favourite video ever

  • Coral McNaughton
    Coral McNaughton

    Andy: _Slaps his face with a cheese grater_ Everyone: (Extreme concern) Andy: *RAGE*

  • TheOneMiffy92

    Brad: "If it explodes, it's a molotov" I gotchu, fam - even if Babi don't.

  • Tiffani Jennings
    Tiffani Jennings

    I am loving the chaos lol

  • Blinded Bliss - Diana
    Blinded Bliss - Diana

    What happened to the $ 1000 cheese?!!

  • Lux Chevis
    Lux Chevis

    OOOOOOOO so, this is like... the bloopers?

  • lapulgaatomica

    still wrongly made

  • shinmatsunami

    I dunno which made me laugh more, the parm mitzvah, or your reaction to your own joke.

  • Ariakyra Gaming
    Ariakyra Gaming

    The energy is so much different in this video than what I'm used to. But man does it look like y'all had fun.

  • LA Prefecture
    LA Prefecture

    This video feels like john cusack on coke lol

  • Leo Passa
    Leo Passa

    I find it easier to just add a little pasta water to a bowl of grated pecorino romano and mix it with a fork until it becomes a thick paste and then add the paste to the pasta and toss, adding more pasta water little by little to achieve desired consistency. Works every time for me

  • Rebekah S.
    Rebekah S.

    Who is the Brad on the camera? Had me laughing with the silly comments. (secretly hoped it was Brad Leone but it doesn't sound like him)

  • YeetMahBeet

    “It’s unstable” “YOU’RE UNSTABLE”

  • Livid Overseer
    Livid Overseer

    "There is no escape from being botched when one has been botched" That was villain Babish. Tell me straight up the minions didn't just tell you your plans failed.

  • Bing Chua
    Bing Chua

    I feel sorry for babish cause j kenji Lopez alt actually used olive oil in his pasta

  • kmatanz01

    first 3 attempts were WAY TOO MUCH HEAT, and if you temper the cheese in a separate bowl you should have better results

  • Netro1992

    This video is pure chaotic energy.

  • Brittany Jones
    Brittany Jones

    There were a few depressing moments between the mold and everything but I was upset about your car the way she called and said the amounts like oh its just 3 different prices I was like idk what you drive but maybe time to just give it up 😆

  • christopher wagner
    christopher wagner

    Your cheeses to Young

  • Matthew Sorrow
    Matthew Sorrow

    This was a slow painful decent into madness.

  • Gabriel Ortiz
    Gabriel Ortiz

    The pure manic energy babish has is funny

  • Juan Carrera
    Juan Carrera

    Madness with babish

  • Taylor Lewis
    Taylor Lewis

    As an Italian descendant, I was literally screaming at you to add butter. Unless you’re cooking with fire your pan is never going to be hot enough!

  • Bekir Uyar
    Bekir Uyar

    I like him more when he is serious.

  • Madison Albury
    Madison Albury

    This is absolutely unhinged and I love it

  • Natalie Kemp
    Natalie Kemp

    This brings me so much catharsis. I cannot emulsify cheese in water for the life of me.

  • zeroxz17

    It was the pan. Just sayin

  • Eanna Coleman
    Eanna Coleman

    This is by far the most chaotic and hilarious babish video I've seen in ages

  • Eanna Coleman
    Eanna Coleman

    I'm gonna guess starch was the issue, he may well find the issue later in the video but to me it looks like this would all be solved by using homemade pasta

  • Harry Chen
    Harry Chen

    Wooooooo yeahhh baby, the bald moist critical

  • Stevilkenevil99

    Transfer pasta water into the cheese mix well also pasta water in the pan after resting for 30 sec then turn on low heat add cheese mix from before turn off heat mix well enjoy

  • JB P
    JB P

    Where’s the pepper?

  • Allurein

    You look like a jewish Ryan Reynolds

  • Sezzah G
    Sezzah G

    I’m not saying I’m sat crying laughing at the “bleughahahdbahaj” with the trivet…but I am.

  • pokeapple

    15:58, pretty sure that’s a Kanye sample.

  • Jesse Holden
    Jesse Holden

    I watch so many of your videos and this has been THE funniest one yet😂🖤

  • Sams Hans
    Sams Hans

    now this episode was kinda different...

  • Glennel Diaz
    Glennel Diaz

    Usually you mix the cheese and pepper in hot pasta water then add to heat once your ready to plate

  • TheBig Fs
    TheBig Fs

    This very well may be the best episode yet! 😂

  • sbrubak

    I think you did not have enough starch in the pasta water. I always use a coarse bronze cut pasta so I have a long cooking time (15-20 minutes) and a rough surface so it gives off a lot of starch. Additionally I reduce the pasta water I use for the sauce in the same pan I toast the pepper, so I concentrate the starch even more. Lastly I grate the cheese finer and add a little bit of pasta water to the cheese before mixing.

  • Claire M
    Claire M


  • USMC TheMadHatTeR
    USMC TheMadHatTeR

    You need to grate the cheese very fine like a powder almost. Add pasta water to the bowl of grated cheese and stir it into a thick paste and set it aside to be added later after the pasta is almost al dente. Finish the cooking process with the al dente pasta and cheese paste while adding more pasta water as need for the proper consistency. That's how I'd do it anyway. I think that will work.

  • USMC TheMadHatTeR
    USMC TheMadHatTeR

    Testing doneness of pasta. Bite into it or cut it in half. Look at the cut section. If it has a raw hard circle in the center, it not al dente it's still under cooked. Al dente should be only slightly firm to the bite. All other wacky methods are taboo.

  • Zach

    Just stir it longer and not with metal tongs

  • Norman Corbett
    Norman Corbett

    Send me 1/4 of the wheel. I will pay you 200 CDN. LOL

  • Coolio Ash
    Coolio Ash

    I love this video

  • Angelica Diabolus
    Angelica Diabolus

    4:49 that face is terrifying

  • Kuratos Darque
    Kuratos Darque

    1000 dollar shia pet

  • Alex Martin
    Alex Martin

    I have found that tempering the cheese with a few tablespoons of cooking water before adding it helps.

  • Wh1te_shadow 021
    Wh1te_shadow 021

    I think it’s the heat from the water not the heat from the pan

  • Ayylucard

    7:02 saving this for the pure chaos of this scene

  • Reed Ridens
    Reed Ridens

    why does this feel like a fever dream

  • D Chizy
    D Chizy

    Babish just summed up in a day what we have lived for the last 18 months. A sometimes funny shitshow

  • tam ravenhill
    tam ravenhill

    Thanks for doing this, I love the recipe but struggled with consistency as well. Blender is a great solution.

  • chickwithadick

    20:25 was really the icing on the cake to his madness, or should i say.. the cheese on the pasta

  • brigister

    "cacio" is just a less common word for "cheese" (a synonym of "formaggio") in Italian. it's doesn't mean pecorino romano. that's called pecorino romano ahah

  • Mysasser1

    I just noticed the wok

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  • Trillykins

    I think it's kind of funny how often Kenji comes up in cooking channels like this. Just watching his video you don't really get the impression of just how much he had inspired others.

  • Ian McPherson
    Ian McPherson

    Def getting BA vibes

  • Tian Tian
    Tian Tian

    8:12 why was this so funny

  • Hanserfratz

    "the recipe is different case by case but if you dont do it exactly how my grandma did it you are wrong and deserve public execution"

  • Loughlan McKendry
    Loughlan McKendry

    I love brad so much

  • ZeroGTomohawker

    This quickly went from "Botched with Babish" to "Braindead with Babish".

  • Cal

    Heh, pepe

  • Jcc8t7

    i like this, i feel like i can make it - also i love how unhinged he is by the end of the video.

  • ZeroFox75

    The blood curdling scream after Brad says Andy got engaged and the fast pan to a scared Jess 🤣 the chaos of this episode is everything

  • Se Kirk
    Se Kirk

    I love how involved the team are here all rooting for this to work

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