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Pasta – Baked Cavatelli

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Baked Cavatelli! Oh yeah!

Pasta – Baked Cavatelli
Cavatelli al Forno
by James Belardo

One of my all-time favorite pasta dishes is Baked Cavatelli. Baked Cavatelli was the holiday and special occasion pasta dish. Grandma (nonna) rarely made lasagna and instead made Baked Cavatelli. Since Baked Cavatelli was only one of the ‘courses’ I can guess that the complication of layering the pasta for lasagna may have took too long for her liking. By using Cavatelli, she used a pasta with history; Cavatelli. Cavatelli’s history is deeply embedded in the southern regions of Italy (Calabria and Sicily).

Baked Cavatelli uses gravy (tomato sauce) prepared in the ‘Sunday Gravy’ fashion , adding spinach between layers is a nice touch. Meats such as polpetti (meatballs), pork neck bones, Brasciole and Italian Sausage (w/fennel) are part of the Sunday Gravy routine and are served on the side.

Sunday Gravy
Ricotta Mixture (Savory)
Cavatelli (pasta)
Fior d’Latte (or Mozzarella)
Fresh Spinach (optional)
Fresh Basil
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

1. Cook Cavatelli al dente

2. Combine Cavatelli with couple of ladles of gravy and then the Ricotta mixture.
Mix some homemade #SundayGravy , not much! Once #SundayGravy is mixed in, add the #Ricotta mixture.

3. In a 2-3 inch deep rectangular roasting pan, coat with a layer gravy. This will be your base.
Put a layer of #SundayGravy on bottom of baking pan

4. From bottom to top, alternate other layers as you feel with layers of pasta, spinach (optional), mozzarella and some more gravy.
Then a lyer of the #Cavatelli Another layer of #SundayGravy on top of the #Cavatelli Now for a layer of #Spinach

5. Finally top with Gravy and cheese
A final layer of #Cavatelli and #SundayGravy Top it off with #Mozzetella and pop it in your oven

6. cook at 350F for 60 min or until the Cheese on top brown to your liking.

7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.


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November 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

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  1. […] on Thanksgiving, I have the pleasure of releasing one of my favorite pasta dish recipes… Baked Cavatelli. This dish was our family’s holiday pasta course, made for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and […]

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