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October 23, 2016

My Mom’s Family Style Cavatini #SundaySupper

I’m celebrating National Pizza Month with my mom’s family style Cavatini! What is Cavatini?  It’s a traditional Italian dish much like a pizza casserole. Traditionally, it’s made using three different noodles, cheeses and meats. But my mom always thought outside the box, so she put her own flair on it to make it what our family loved.

When I was a kid, I loved Sundays because we would gather at my grandparents with the aunts, uncles and cousins and have family meals. Typically, that family meal was spaghetti, meatballs, and Italian sausage. One of my favorite meals, though, was Cavatini. I loved when my mom made it for dinner. Being one of those oddball kids back then that loved everything on my pizza when all the other kids only wanted cheese or at most pepperoni, Cavatini let me taste all those great flavors in one simple dish!

Cavatini

My mom’s Cavatini combines onions, peppers, black olives, Italian sausage and pepperoni with pasta, gravy (red sauce) and mozzarella. I like to start by sauteing down the onions and peppers until they are soft. Once those are ready, I simply combine them with some already cooked pasta, typically rigatoni, and all the other ingredients. Then, I top it with mozzarella and bake it in the oven just to melt to the cheese and warm through the rest of the ingredients.

If you’re making this dish for your family, you can also divide the baking dish using some aluminum foil and make two different versions with no additional work required. Mix the veggies and meat in on one side and leave the other side plain if you have kids and/or picky eaters in your house.

Cavatini

This dish can be made vegetarian, dairy free or gluten free by just eliminating the meat, skipping the cheese and/or substituting gluten free pasta. It’s such a quick and easy meal that it’s perfect for weeknights and a great addition to your family table during Lent. It’s also a great potluck dinner meal. I guarantee you won’t have to cart any leftovers home. Maybe the hostess will even wash the pan for you before you leave!

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Cassi
October 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm

YUM – Everything but the olives please!

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Ange // Cowgirl Runs
October 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm

I love pasta casseroles, so that sounds delicious.
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October 25, 2016 at 6:16 am

A yummy quick meal!

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Christie
October 29, 2016 at 8:14 am

I’ve never heard of this, but you can bet I’m going to be making it soon! Yum!

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October 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

You will love it. The American-ized version of it is pizza casserole.

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