Jack Monroe’s Tin Can Recipe: Anellini con cacio e pepe

If you’re finding yourself tasked with creating delicious daily meals with store cupboard tins, Jack Monroe’s Tin Can Cook offers endless inspiration. Try her delicious, easy-to-make anellini con cacio e pepe (no dry pasta needed).

Award-winning food writer and anti-poverty campaigner; Jack Monroe's delicious recipe for anellini con cacio e pepe uses only tinned and dried ingredients, perfect for staying home and using store cupboard essentials.

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Jack says, "This recipe came about on a miserable evening; I was out of sorts, grumpy and didn't want to cook for myself, let alone delve into my imagination and create something wonderful. It happens here and there, and I have learned over the years that the best way to keep the black dog at bay is by feeding him carbs and cheese and going to bed satiated with a book to escape into. But this particular evening, I didn't even have the emotional energy to boil a pan for pasta. I didn't want to. Life gets us like that sometimes, and I'm hoping that this recipe will come in handy for those of you who find yourselves needing a little swift self-care every now and then. Cacio e pepe is one of my favourite dishes; in its true form, it's soft spaghetti tossed in butter or olive oil, with Parmesan or Grana Padano finely grated in, and a hefty dose of black pepper. I make that version often, but this is a sloppy stand-in, that's about 95 per cent as good as the original, with 5 per cent of the work. And it's ready in 2 minutes, too.

  • Total time

  • Prep time


  • Amount

    Serves one

  • Ingredients
    • 1 x 400g tin of spaghetti hoops
    • 15g butter or 1 tbsp oil
    • hard strong grated cheese
    • pinch of black pepper


  1. Tip the spaghetti hoops into a sieve and gently rinse them to get rid of the tomato sauce. 
  2. Transfer to a microwave-proof bowl. 
  3. Microwave on full power for 90 seconds. 
  4. Remove, stir and microwave for 30 seconds more. If you don't have a microwave, heat through gently and quickly on the hob; they will fall apart a little but will still be delicious!
  5. Remove the pasta from the microwave and add the butter or oil, cheese and a pinch of pepper. Stir through. Enjoy immediately. Repeat as desired.

Tin Can Cook

by Jack Monroe

Simple and affordable, Tin Can Cook strips away the blinding glamour and elitism of many cookbooks and takes it back to the basics: making great-tasting food with ordinary ingredients.

Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe presents Tin Can Cook, bringing together seventy-five recipes that you can rustle up from tinned and dried ingredients. Beautifully designed with accompanying quirky hand-drawn illustrations, this book is for you if you’ve struggled to make a dish because the recipe calls for an exotic ingredient you’ve never heard of. Jack does away with the effort; all her dishes are exciting and new, but you won’t have to look further than your local supermarket to make them.