Rog's Cavatini Recipe

Linda VanOpynen Recipe

By Linda VanOpynen Linaker

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Years ago Pizza Hut sold a Cavatini dish that we loved. They stopped offering it on their menu so my husband went on a quest to duplicate the recipe. I think his version is even tastier!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh, this recipe brings back so many memories! My cousin and I spent many a night enjoying Pizza Hut cavatini and this is a dead ringer! I can’t wait to prepare it again for my family.


3 large
green bell peppers
2 large
onions, diced
2 oz
(1/2) stick, margerine
1 tsp
garlic powder
1 lb
assorted pastas (wheels, shells, spirals, ziti)
6 oz
pepperoni, sliced thin, then cut in half
8 oz
parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz
mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 lb
hamburger, browned
1/2 lb
italian sausage, browned
1 1/2 jar(s)
(32 meat flavored prego sauce, 1 jar traditional, 1/2 jar marinara

Directions Step-By-Step

Melt margarine over medium high heat in a skillet.
Add onions, peppers, and garlic powder. Sauté for about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box directions.
Heat sauce and combine with cooked hamburger and cooked sausage.
Use cooking spray to lightly grease an 11 X 13 casserole dish.
Make about 2 layers
Place 1/2 of the cooked pasta in the dish,
followed by 1/2 the vegetables,
1/2 of the pepperoni,
and 1/2 sauce, meat mixture.
Repeat another layer. Spread mozzarella and parmesan cheese over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Layers Are:
Sauce and meat mixture

Top with cheese

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Perfect Pastas
Hashtags: #comfort, #food, #kid, #friendly

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Terry Tinsley T_Tinsley
Mar 13, 2015
Pizza Hut cavatini! I too loved it! I'll be trying this soon. Thanks!
Daphne Wimpey daff
Aug 18, 2014
I am always confused when it comes to pasta. The recipe says to use 1 lb. of assorted pasta. So do you use 16 oz.s of dry pasta or is that the cooked pasta. Do you know the amount if using a measuring cup. Thanks for the info can't wait to cook this.
Nor M. Adashandapinchoflove
Dec 1, 2013
first of all. I have the same set of plates. LOL This dish looks very tasty. You've been pinched! :)
Tamra Hayes marah77
Nov 30, 2013
Imagine my surprise when I saw this recipe!! Pizza Hut was my first job in high school and I remember making this all the time and can tell you exactly how it was made!!..At pizza hut all our noodles were pre-cooked and we measured out the right amout & put them in a small cup with a handle on & holes in the side. We then clipped it on to a pot of steaming water for about 1 minute till it looked like they were heated thru. They then went in the cavatini dish and topped with raw onions, green peppers, musrooms, pre-cooked ground beef & Italian sausage, then pepperoni. It was then smothered in the sauce that they used at the time for what was their "thick & chewy" pizzas, then covered with mozzarella and cooked till bubbly hot around the edges and browned a little on top.
They made 2 cavatini, this was the cavatini supreme, the regular cavatini just had meat, sauce, and cheese.
Many people were disappointed when they stopped making it, and also years later when they stopped the hot ham & cheese, and sub sandwiches.
I have thought of this dish often thru out the is some 35 yrs since I worked there...your recipe sounds delish and is definitely going in my recipe box. My husband will love it, as we put almost all those same ingredients in our spaghetti sauce when we make it, with the addition of green olives.
Thanks for bringing back some great memories, and I hope this solves the mystery of how the cavatini was actually made!! :)
Deb Crane songchef
Mar 3, 2013
Finally, posted the picture. This was oh so good! :)
Brings back memories. :)