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bowl of cacio e pepe pasta on plate

Microwave Cacio e Pepe

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Get dinner ready in 10 minutes with this easy microwave pasta: Cacio e Pepe ! Totally vegan and easily gluten-free, this affordable meal is great for a busy weeknight.


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For the Pasta

  • 1 cup small pasta of choice (macaroni or bowties work well)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to serve
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas or corn, optional
  • Vegan butter or olive oil for serving, optional

For the Cashew Parmesan

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 TBS nutritional yeast
  • Pinch salt


  1. Add noodles, water, and salt to a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 8 minutes total, stirring every 2 minutes. Test pasta after 8 minutes. If it still feels uncooked, add a minute more cook time until desired texture is reached. Microwave strength varies.
  2. While pasta is microwaving, combine all cashew parmesan ingredients in a blender and pulse to combine until a powder forms. You will have leftover parm to use in other recipes. Set aside.
  3. If desired, add in 1/2 cup frozen peas or corn during the final minute of pasta cooking.
  4. Remove pasta from microwave and drain until just a couple TBS of water remain in the cooking bowl. Add 1/2 cup cashew parmesan and stir vigorously to combine.
  5. Crack some fresh black pepper over pasta and enjoy immediately. If desired, top with vegan butter or olive oil.