Cavatini I


This is a great cavatini recipe. It makes two 9x13 inch pans. You can bake one, and freeze the other for later use.

12 to 20 - servings


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 (4.5 ounce) cans sliced mushrooms, drained

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 4 ounces chopped ham

  • ½ cup cooked and cubed chicken

  • 3 ounces sliced pepperoni sausage

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ¾ cup seashell pasta

  • 6 ounces rotini pasta

  • 2 pounds mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a small skillet, saute onions, green peppers, and mushrooms in butter or margarine. Set aside.

  2. Brown hamburger in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain. Mix in tomato sauce, pasta sauce, chopped ham, chopped chicken or turkey, pepperoni, salt, and red and black pepper. Add vegetable saute to hamburger mixture.

  3. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

  4. Spread a little sauce over the bottom of two 9 x 13 inch pans. In each pan, place a layer of pasta, a layer of mozarella cheese, a hamburger sauce layer, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and another layer of mozarella cheese. Repeat layers. Cover pans.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
29g Fat
24g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1041mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 482mg 37%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 582mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.