Vegan Cacio e Pepe Pasta



  • 1 lb gluten-free spaghetti (I like Banza)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon miso paste (or sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • Garnish with fresh basil , cracked pepper & grated macadamia nuts


It will get nice and thick, and it will basically be a thick, peppery, vegan cream sauce. From there, we will cook our pasta. So I, again, am using some chickpea pasta here, but you could use whatever type of pasta you want. Cacio e Pepe is traditionally served with spaghetti or linguini-style pasta. So that’s what we’re doing here,


and you’ll just cook your pasta until it is nice and al dente. Just look at the package instructions. It will tell you how long it takes to cook. Then you will just want to reserve a little bit of the cooking liquid because it’s nice and starchy. It really helps to make sauces creamy at the end. So reserve some pasta liquid.

I usually reserve about a quarter of a cup. You can remove the pasta from the heat, drain it, add it back into the pot, and then you’ll just top it with your vegan cacio e Pepe sauce, stream in a little bit of that pasta liquid. Again, it’s gonna help make it really nice and creamy, and toss it all together with some salad tongs.

Once it is all combined, it’s literally so good, you guys. You can just serve it up on your plates. Again, this is gonna serve between four and six people depending on how much pasta you make, and I love finishing this off with like I said, my vegan quote on quote Parmesan replacement which is just grated macadamia nuts.

You can also do this with cashews. It doesn’t actually taste like Parmesan, but it gives you that illusion. And then we’ll also, of course, do a generous crack of pepper to give it that extra peppery kick. Finish it off with some fresh basil, and you are ready to go.

This is a really decadent and delicious pasta. Again, with the bean-based pasta, you’re getting in your protein, and you’re eating pasta, and it is just fabulous. So I hope you guys give it a try. And there you have it,