“Cavatelli, “little caves” in Italian, are even more delicious homemade.  The kind you buy in a store just doesn’t compare to this homemade taste.  Plump and light, they are worth the extra time it takes to make them from scratch!  
You can flash freeze the cavatelli for ten minutes in a  jelly roll pan, then bag the frozen ones for a later meal.    
 Buon Appetito!”

Yield:   2 lb. cavatelli        Serves:  8


3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ricotta cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten 
1. In a large bowl, mix 2 ½ cups of the flour and salt. Make a well. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese and eggs.
3. Add this to the well and mix together, adding more flour if necessary to make a soft, but not sticky dough.
4. Knead until smooth.
5. Cover dough with plastic wrap or an inverted bowl.
6. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
7. Cut dough into quarters.
8. Cut quarters into halves.
9. Roll dough into a long rope one-quarter inch in diameter.
10. Cut the rope into one-half inch pieces.11. With index finger and middle finger together, press down on each piece beginning at the top and moving downwards, dragging your fingers towards you. This will make the pasta roll over itself and make the “little cave”.
12. Transfer the cavatelli to a lightly floured jelly roll pan, keeping them separated, and let dry at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
13. Bring salted water to a boil and add the cavatelli.
14. Cook the cavatelli 8-10 minutes. They are done when they float up to the top.
15. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutritional Information


Amount Per Serving 1/8 recipe
Calories: 594
Calories from Fat: 7

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 1g 1%
* Saturated Fat 0g 1%
* Cholesterol 45mg 15%
* Sodium 200mg 8%
* Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
* Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
* Protein 12g 22%
* Sugars 2g
* Vitamin A 7%
* Vitamin C 0%
* Calcium 20%
* Iron 10%

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Categories: Main Dishes, Pasta

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5 replies

  1. Can you please tell me how you flash freeze them?? Just want to do it the right way. I’m a 34 year old mom of two who is intimidated by homemade dough lol but this sounds like I could do it. Our family loves pasta and I would like to give this a try. It sounds delicious! Thanks 🙂


    • So sorry, Shannon, I am just seeing your post now! Yes, it is easy to flash freeze them! Put one layer of cavatelli on a cookie sheet, keeping them separated from each other as much as possible. They wil have some flour stil on them from the rolling. That is okay. Use several cookie sheets. Put the cookie sheets in the freezer for about a half hour until the cavatelli are frozen hard. Then remove them from the freezer and put the cavatelli into freezer bags and there you go! Homemade cavatelli always ready for you in the freezer any time you want them!


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