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mamma ang's cavatini

(29 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Angie Webb
Centennial, CO

My mother used to make cavatini for me on special occasions. Unfortunately, I never got her recipe. So, I came up with the closest I could find and added some lower fat options since I try to make healthy food for my family. My kids LOVE it (had seconds AND thirds!). I hope you like it too.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This cavatini recipe will make your house smell like a pizzeria! We loved using whole wheat pasta, ground turkey, and turkey pepperoni. It helps to make this recipe a little healthier. The contrast of the meat sauce mixed with the creamy meat mixture is perfectly balanced and divine. Butter some garlic bread and toss together a green salad for a completely delicious meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(29 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 40 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mamma ang's cavatini

  • 1 1/4 lb
    ground turkey
  • 1
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 oz
    turkey pepperoni
  • 1 jar
    any (red) spaghetti sauce w/garlic
  • 1 c
    whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 c
    whole wheat penne
  • 1 c
    whole wheat rotini
  • 2 1/2 c
    low-fat mozzarella cheese, separated
  • 16 oz
    low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp
    Italian seasoning

How To Make mamma ang's cavatini

  • Cooked turkey, onion, bell pepper, pepperoni, and sauce in a skillet.
    Brown ground turkey, onion, and bell pepper. Add pepperoni and sauce.
  • Drain cooked pasta.
    Boil all pastas for 10 minutes. Drain.
  • Pasta added to the meat sauce.
    Add to meat sauce mixture.
  • Mozzarella, cottage cheese, and Italian seasoning combined in a bowl.
    In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups of mozzarella, the cottage cheese, and Italian seasoning.
  • Some of the pasta/meat mixture in a baking dish.
    In a 9x13 baking dish, layer almost 1/2 of pasta/meat mixture.
  • Adding half the cheese mixture to the baking dish.
    Then, add a layer of 1/2 cheese mixture.
  • Mozzarella cheese sprinkled on the last layer.
    Add another layer of pasta/meat (make sure to leave enough for a thin third layer). Add a layer of the rest of the cheese mixture. Top with remaining pasta/meat, and sprinkle on the 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
  • The cavatini baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.