Cavatini

Another recipe that I will be making regularly! This truly is an oldie but goodie.This would be delicious with your favorite pizza toppings added in as well. I would suggest ham, bacon, olives, sausage, banana peppers, whatever you normally add to your pizza would likely be a good addition.Swap the regular pasta for gluten free if needed.I made this on a night my son’s friends were over hoping it would be a hit and it sure was.Im going to format this into a more standard recipe post.For the pasta I highly recommend using the Creamettes brand. It really is extra good.It calls for Ragu, I just used whatever spaghetti type sauce I had on hand.

Cavatini Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 Tbls butter or olive oil
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 small cans of mushrooms drained
  • 1 package slices pepperoni
  • 1 box of pasta in your choice of shape shells, swirls, etc
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese

DirectionsSaute onion in olive oil or butter until translucent. Add ground beef and green pepper, cook. While that is browning cook pasta to slightly underdone. Drain grease from meat then add spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Stir all together and then stir in pasta. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until bubbling and cheese is browning.I didn’t have an issue but you might want to not mix in all the pasta until you are sure there is enough sauce. You could add up to about a 1/4 cup of water if needed or just use less pasta.

Grandma S’s Baked Stuffed Manacotti

Let me just add a disclaimer here real quick. It’s well known in my house that if something looks terrible it probably tastes really good.

Grandma S’s Manacotti did not serve up pretty. It tasted excellent but good looking it was not.


I had a lot to live up to with this one! Grandma S is the standard my husband holds my cooking up to. So using her recipes makes me nervous!

Of course things started off rough. I forgot to buy parsley and could not find cracker crumbs. So dried flakes and bread crumbs it is.

Spaghetti sauce jar sizes seem to have changed and in the future I will just use 1 jar instead of 1.5 like I did.

Grandma S’s Baked Stuffed Manicotti

  • 12 manicotti shells
  • 1 1/2 lbs ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 1/4 lb mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 C romano cheese
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1/4 C cracker meal
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce

  • Mix cheeses, eggs, parsley, salt, and cracker meal.
  • Fill uncooked shells. I used a baggie with a corner cut off and it worked very well.
  • Heat sauce with 1/2 jar water in pan.
  • Put half sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Place filled uncooked shells in a single layer on top. Cover shells completely with remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil, bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover sprinkle with parmesan or romano cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes.


  • I expected these to really be a pain to make but they were actually easier than stuffed shells.

  • Ok now for the pictures. Do not judge this pan by it’s cover! I swear they tasted good!

  • Next time I will only use as much sauce as needed to cover. These were swimming in it.



Also I forgot to set the second timer so the top got a little dark.

Hope you give it a try!!