Sunday pasta: Cavatelli

And this month Sunday pasta is two days late and comes on a Tuesday. I can assure you it is a pasta you can eat on Sunday even if I published it on a Tuesday.

Today I am back to south Italy and I made you cavatelli. Cavatelli are close relative to orecchiette, only they are easy to make because you don’t have to turn them around. You can serve them dressed with a hearty, meaty ragu or with a simple tomato sauce.

Now that I have been making pasta a bit more often, I also have a precious piece of advice for you: don’t add too much water to the dough! You want a play-dough like consistency. If the dough is too soft you will have troubles shaping the pasta and it will turn out too thick.

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Sunday pasta: Cavatelli

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 Servings

Sunday pasta: Cavatelli


  • 1/2 lb semolina flour
  • 1/4 cup warm water


  1. Place the semolina on a table and create a large well in the middle of the semolina flour. Pour the warm water in the well and quickly mix in the flour. The dough will rapidly come together in a smooth and relatively tough mass. Knead the dough until all the flour has been incorporated and the dough looks smooth. Place the dough under a bowl for 10 minutes or so to rest so that the gluten can relax.
  2. While the dough is resting set up your work station. Place a large wooden board on the table, get a table knife and get a couple of cookies cooling rack that you will use for drying the pasta. If you don't have the cooling racks, you can use a couple of kitchen towels.
  3. Get a small portion, about 1/10th, of the dough and roll it into a long narrow roll, about as thick as a finger. keep the rest of the dough under the bowl. Now you are ready to start shaping the cavatelli.
  4. With a knife cut a small pea sized piece of dough. Using the knife, drag the pasta across the wooden board. The pasta will curl up creating a beautiful cavatello. If the pasta rolls up too tight use your fingers to open it a bit. See the video below, is much easier done than said.
  5. Place the shaped cavatelli to dry on a cooling rack or on a kitchen towel for about 2 hour. Don't let dry too long or you will have to cook the pasta forever.
  6. Cook the cavatelli in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. After draining dress with ragu' or a simple tomato sauce.


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29 Responses to Sunday pasta: Cavatelli

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Can you make this type of pasta and freeze it?

  2. Jane says:

    I make my cavatti with ricotta cheese , egg whites and all the flour this taken they are very light

  3. Chris says:

    I feel the same way!!! Courageous enough to try inexpensive “experiments” on the pasta, but cavatelli is definitely one of my all-time favs. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  4. Frank says:

    Wow, these look incredible. Being part pugliese this pasta really sings to me… :=)

  5. Gourmantine says:

    I still have to try pasta with semolina (mine is usually with flour). This is just lovely, perfect for Sunday lunch! 🙂

  6. Angelica says:

    ma che bontà!da leccarsi i baffi!

  7. arabafelice says:

    Sei davvero bravissima, che manualità!

  8. Could I have a plate of that RIGHT now???

  9. Paul says:

    I guess I have a good recipe to try this weekend. I hope I will be able to do it right.

    On another note, thanks for the recipe and the video!

  10. Lorraine Not Quite Nigella says:

    That looks so wonderful, especially with that delicious ragu sauce on top!

  11. Bravo! Homemade pasta and it looks perfect!

  12. Daniela says:

    Sono perfetti i tuoi cavatelli, complimenti. Molto invitanti preparati con quel’ottimo sugo. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  13. Kim Bee says:

    My goodness this is such a pretty pasta. I was going to head to bed but now I want a bowl of this first.

  14. Chiara says:

    bravissima, hai un’ottima manualità e quel ragù così denso deve essere il sugo ideale!

  15. Peggy says:

    I’ve only every made straight pastas, never any shaped ones! These are too beautiful =)

  16. Ramona says:

    You are amazing to make your own pasta! I know you must think it’s not that hard… but to a person like me… it’s really fantastic. I love the dish… so can I come over next Sunday? 🙂

  17. your pasta looks fantastic! absolutely fantastic! yum!

  18. Raymund says:

    This is the first time I heard this pasta type, I am learning a lot here

  19. Ooh, that finished dish looks so, so good!

  20. I love to make my own pasta, but have never made anything like this. And it looks so easy. I’ve got semolina flour, so I’ve got to try this! I love the video that you put together for it too! Molto bene!

  21. wok with ray says:

    Looking at the dish feels like I want to just reach in my monitor and grab the food. It looks so delicious and appetizing. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Pola!

  22. I love making pasta but I’ve never tried this. Looks amazing in that dish!

  23. Suzi says:

    Oh I love that you made the pasta yourself, it seems easy and how delicious it must be, so fresh. Looks wonderful.

  24. I would eat your pasta any day of the week:)) Love freshly made pasta, and you did fantastic job, Pola!

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