ZENB Elbows Pasta Cacio e Pepe Mac & Cheese


PREP TIME 10 minutes

COOK TIME 15 minutes

TOTAL TIME 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 456g
Servings: 4

Calories: 630

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat26g33%
Saturated Fat13g65%
Trans Fat1g
Dietary Fiber11g39%
Total Sugar7g
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin D 1mcg 6%
Calcium 504mg 40%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 299mg 6%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


ZENB Elbows Pasta

This cheesy recipe uses both mozzarella and parmesan cheese to deliver a deliciously rich dish that your family will love. Using ZENB Elbows Pasta and other common household ingredients, this recipe takes just 25 minutes to make and just might be your new go-to dish.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Elbows Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper, plus additional for serving
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt



Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain.


Melt butter in large pot on medium-high heat. Add black pepper; cook 1 minute until fragrant. Sprinkle flour into pan; whisk continuously 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly. Cook 3-5 minutes until mixture is slightly thickened.


Remove pan from heat; whisk in cheeses and salt until smooth. Add pasta to pot. Mix gently while adding reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until sauce is smooth and creamy. Garnish with additional black pepper before serving.

Tasty Tips

Use the coarsest setting on a pepper mill for this recipe. Toasting the black pepper in butter ensures that maximum amount of flavor is infused into the dish.

Substitute reduced fat cheese in place of full fat cheese to save on fat and calories.

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