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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!   Makes 2 lbs.
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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 257


  • 2½ - 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten


  • In a large bowl, mix 2 ½ cups of the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the mound of flour. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese and eggs.
  • Add this to the well of the flour mixture and use your hands to mix it into a dough. Add more flour if necessary to make a soft, but not sticky dough.
  • Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth and form it into a ball.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap or an inverted bowl and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the ball of dough into quarters, then cut the quarters into halves to make eight pieces of dough.
  • Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about one-quarter inch in diameter.
  • Cut the rope into one-half inch pieces.
  • With your index finger and middle finger together, press down on each piece of dough, beginning at the top and moving downwards, dragging your fingers towards you. This will make the cavatelli roll over itself and make the “little cave” indentation.
  • Transfer the cavatelli to a lightly floured sheet pan, keeping them separated. Let the cavatelli dry at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Fill a large pan with salted water on top of the stove. Bring the water to a boil over the highest heat and then add in the cavatelli.
  • Cook the cavatelli 8-10 minutes. They are done when they float up to the top.
  • Drain the water.
  • Mix your favorite tomato sauce with the cavatelli.
  • Serve with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.


FREEZE:   Put the cavatelli on a lightly floured cookie sheet, keeping them separated from each other.  Flash freeze them for 10 minutes until they are hardened.  Then put the cavatelli into freezer bags.  Freeze them for 3 months, or even longer!
Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg