Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes

Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes

It's hard to imagine creamy, steaming hot mashed potatoes getting any better, but we've imagined it. This Italian twist adds parmesan and fresh black pepper for a surprisingly on-the-nose imitation of cacio e pepe.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


Recommended Product

Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

11-12 mins

Free Time

to daydream about your next vacation


  • (340g) medium russet potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk or half-and-half
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper (or more if desired)
  • salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup (20g) grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese


  1. Place the potato pieces in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). 
  2. Cook in the microwave for 9-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Add the olive oil, milk or half-and-half, black pepper, and salt. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes, or until the milk is warm.
  4. With a potato masher, fork, or immersion blender, mash the potatoes until creamy. If needed, add more warm milk or half and half until the consistency is to your liking. 
  5. Add grated cheese into the hot potatoes and stir to combine. Sprinkle extra cheese and black pepper on top to serve.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • You can substitute the potatoes with sweet potato or yams for equally delicious results.
  • Sprinkle the top with some thinly sliced chives for some greenery.
  • Add garlic powder to the mixture for a garlicky twist.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.