Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Homemade Cavatelli pasta is the all-time favorite homemade pasta in our home beside gnocchi, lasagna, homemade egg noodles, and the list goes on and on of favorites, can you tell there's not just one?

Cavatelli is light made with Ricotta cheese and flour and some are made with just water and flour, our recipe is light and not hard to digest like some that were called sinkers in our house.

Easy to make and delicious with your favorite Traditional Sunday Italian Sauce over them.

Of course, it would be Sunday without mom's homemade fried meatballs on the breakfast table, and then the rest goes in the sauce.

We have not only fond memories but carry on those traditions year after year through the generations.

Mom even had a box of Utica's finest tomato pie on the table every Sunday, we loved it then and now.

Cavatelli is one of my homemade pasta recipes that mom taught me how to make and this is a simple recipe.

This pasta made fresh is always asked for by the family every time we get together.

Scroll down and let's get started with this easy recipe on how to make homemade cavatelli pasta!

this is homemade cavatelli pasta

How To Tell If Cavatelli Are Cooked

When cooking fresh, cavatelli is done when they float to the top of the boiling water.

Frozen cavatelli will take more time but they will float to the top when done also.

Serve with favorite Sunday Sauce or they are very good with olive oil and garlic and steamed broccoli over the cooked cavatelli.

this is homemade cavatelli pasta and how to make it

Ingredients You Will Need (scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements)

  • flour
  • ricotta
  • salt
  • egg

this is homemade cavatelli using an gnocchi board

Rolling the dough

You can either use a fork to get the lines in the pasta or a gnocchi board found in most speciality food stores.

These cook perfectly fresh or frozen in salted water.

It takes a little knack to do, just keep practicing.

Cut the ropes, taking the index and middle finger roll them toward you on a floured board.

It takes a bit of practice.

Sauces to Use

  1. Traditional Sunday Sauce
  2. Marinara Sauce
  3. Alfredo Sauce
  4. Vodka Sauce
  5. Meat Sauce

this is the dough for homemade cavatelli pasta

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Making Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

These are super light using ricotta instead of semolina (super dense and heavier) which is how they make them in Italy, these are the ricotta version which is a pillowy soft pasta.

There are two recipes to follow below one simple ricotta style cavatelli and the other made like in Southern Italy with semolina.

Pick your favorite variety of sauce to add to the top any kind goes great whether it's store-bought or homemade.

Serve this up with some garlic bread and a garden salad a glass of red or white wine and you're good to go!

this is a bowl of baked cavatelli pasta

Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

prep time: 1 hourcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
This is a family recipe that everyone loves and asks for often, Cavatelli is lighter than most homemade pasta made with ricotta cheese.


  • Ricotta Cavatelli Homemade Pasta Recipe
  • 1 - 16-ounce container of  Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • For an authentic Southern Italy Cavatelli and using semolina recipe use:
  • 2 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • Note: for the semolina, recipe, follow the same instructions below just using the 3 ingredients which makes a much denser pasta


How to cook Homemade Cavatelli Pasta

  1. Put 2 1/2 cups of the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
  2. Add 2 eggs and the ricotta cheese and incorporate the flour into the eggs and cheese.
  3. Knead the dough until a soft, not sticky dough is formed.
  4. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Roll out on board using more flour not to stick, and make long ropes.
  6.  Cut into one-inch pieces, then onto the floured board with an index finger and middle finger roll each piece towards you to get the roll of that thin center cavatelli.
  7.  It will take a few tries to get that right.
  8. Put in a lightly floured pan. As they fill up in the cookie sheets, place the whole pan in the freezer, then store in freezer bags when completely frozen and refreeze until needed.
  9. When ready to cook, boil a big pot of water generously salted and boil until the Cavatelli float to the top.
  10. Add sauce and grated cheese on top and serve.
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More Recipes To Try

Traditional Sunday Sauce

Homemade Orecchiette

Baked Cavatelli

this is a big bowl of cavatelli pasta

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. Hi Claudia, this is a great recipe for cavatelli, how did you learn about it? In Italy, Cavatelli are made with semolina not with ricotta. Yours sounds wonderfully light

  2. I love homemade pasta. Your recipe looks amazing. I love how its made with ricotta. May have to try it out very soon :)

  3. Homemade pasta tastes so fresh and delicious, even with just a simple tomato sauce. Thanks for sharing, Claudia.

  4. Looks rally good and now I'm hungry for pasta.


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