Baked Homemade Cavatelli

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Baked Cavatelli pasta is a ricotta and flour base Italian pasta that can be served with tomato sauce or cavatelli with garlic and oil with some kind of vegetable like broccoli.


We make them from scratch and they are very easy then turn it into a cheesy casserole.


The dough is light and the pasta is very delicious with the addition of Italian tomato sauce and baked in the oven smothered in melted mozzarella cheese.


Sometimes we even layer it with ricotta cheese between the pasta and use a loose meat bolognese sauce.


These are a favorite homemade pasta in our home.







homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top








homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top






A Classic Favorite!



This is a traditionally baked cavatelli with cheese. You can also make a meat version for meat lovers also and layer this like a lasagna without Ricotta or with it.


One thing I like to do at the end is broiling the top of the cheese to get it crispy.


If you bake it to get it crispy it takes too long and I am not fond of mushy pasta. If you then bake it longer.



homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top





Who Could Resist?



The baked cheese is so delicious I can't help but go for seconds.


Make sure it browns, then it done!




homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top




Tips




  • Don't overcook the pasta it will finish in the oven
  • Add crushed meatballs or fried loose sausage as a layer for an all meat and pasta casserole
  • Layer with ricotta cheese in between (sometimes we do meat and cheese)
  • Don't skimp on whole milk mozzarella shredded cheese it's the best and holds the casserole together
  • Use a good grade grated cheese like Locatelli.






homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top





Pasta Suggestions



If you don't want to use cavatelli, this casserole can be made with any kind of pasta.


Just follow the cooking instructions on the pasta box, drain and layer the same way as the recipe calls for.


Shell pasta, bow ties, and ziti work the best.




homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top





Ingredients You Will Need To make Baked Homemade Cavatelli


  • cavatelli homemade or store-bought in the frozen section of your supermarket
  • tomato sauce homemade or store-bought 
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parsley, garlic, salt, pepper
  • Optional: ricotta cheese






homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top





If You Love Pasta!



You must try cavatelli if you never have had it.


Try making my homemade recipe in the links below.


It's easy and you will never go back to store-bought, it so soft and tender.





this is homemade garlic bread




Some Recipes We Love



Traditional Homemade Tomato Sauce


Cavatelli with Broccoli


Tuscan Garlic Bread






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Baked Homemade Cavatelli

Baked Homemade Cavatelli

Yield: 8
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 45 M
This is a baked style pasta casserole. The cavateli is cooked then baked and then topped with melted mozzarella cheese and sometimes layered with ricotta like a casserole.

ingredients:

  • Italian tomato sauce or store-bought at least 3 cups
  • granulated garlic
  • parsley chopped
  • shredded whole milk mozzarella slices around 1 pound
  • around 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 lbs. Homemade Cavatelli or store-bought
  • cooking spray
  • Optional layer: Mix 1 small container whole milk Ricotta Cheese add salt, pepper, and parsley with 1 tablespoon granulated garlic and 3 tablespoons grated cheese
  • Optional additions: crushed meatballs and sausage place in between the layering of pasta and you can also 

instructions:

How to cook Baked Homemade Cavatelli

  1. In a heavy-duty 13 x 9 pan, spray the bottom with cooking oil.
  2. Place some of the cooked and drained cavatelli on the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Add around 1 cup of tomato sauce.on top of the pasta then sprinkle lightly with mozzarella, grated cheese, parsley, granulated garlic powder, salt, pepper.
  4. If using a layer or mixed ricotta spread that on top. 
  5. Add more pasta, do the same and repeat but if using meat, add that to this layer.
  6. Top with more sauce and mozzarella ending on top with pasta as your last layer with a generous amount of grated cheese sprinkled lightly with parsley and granulated garlic.
  7. Bake around 25 minutes until cheese melts, and for a crispier top of mozzarella, broil on HI for 1 minutes watching carefully it doesn't burn.
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Don't forget to try homemade cavatelli Homemade Cavatelli Click here for the recipe









homemade Italian pasta called cavatelli with homemade tomato sauce in a white baking dish with lots of mozzarella cheese melted on top




Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2018.

4 comments

  1. This sounds terrific, Claudia! Perfect for our meatless Friday dinner. Thanks!!!

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  2. Hi Claudia, how are you? I love the recipe your share here.. definitely will try it..my husband will love it!

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  3. This is a must-try! Looks easy to make and like lasagna, I bet the leftover reheat even better. Can't wait to try this!

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  4. This is so comforting and I love all the cheese! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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