Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (Roman Sheep Herder's Pasta) Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (Roman Sheep Herder's Pasta) Rating: 4.65 stars. 17 . This peasant food comes from Roman sheep herders who had little time and money to spend on eating. They used their sheep's cheese and a bit of the water that cooked the pasta to create a cream, then added black pepper ... The Italian classic pasta cacio e pepe with cheese and pepper initially was invented by Roman sheep herders with little time and money to spend on eating. Cheap, easy, and fast.