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

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

491 calories; 29.4 g total fat; 102 mg cholesterol; 1040 mg sodium. 24.3 g carbohydrates; 31.5 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2006
This is my husband's most requested item from his catering menu and this is the recipe he uses - of course he's a dumper not a measurer - but this is his guideline. People absolutely love this stuff! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2004
Didn't make nearly as much as it said it would which is fine because we didn't like it all that much. It made a 9x13 pan and an 8x8 pan. Tastes better after a few days in the fridge. Didn't like the ham in it. Might try it with sausage. Read More
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
This is a really good recipe and WOW! Does it make ALOT! I must say it is a time consuming recipe (I mean there is chicken ham beef etc..) but the result is tasty. Instead of using 2 lbs of ground beef I used only one and then used a lb of italian sausage. Very good. I would recommend to any one esspecially if they are serving a large crowd (family reunions graduation parties and so on) it feeds alot and everyone is sure to partake and enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2006
This is my husband's most requested item from his catering menu and this is the recipe he uses - of course he's a dumper not a measurer - but this is his guideline. People absolutely love this stuff! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2005
A great base recipe. I found it by doing an ingredient search to use up some things around the kitchen. So here is how I put it together. I roughly halved the recipe. I used red pepper instead of green 10 oz. sliced fresh button mushrooms instead of canned and when I was near done sauteing the above ingredients I made a well in the middle of the pan and cooked three raw chicken tenders thawed from my freezer. I used 1.25 lbs ground beef 25 low-fat turkey pepperoni slices (layered in groups of five and sliced in quarters) instead of ham I used 4 oz. chopped kielbasa (did not cut amount in half). I threw all the sauce ingredients together and simmered while preparing 8 oz. Whole Wheat Rotini pasta. For the layers I used some open red sauce from my fridge to coat the bottom of the pan then pasta sauce cheese (used about 10 oz mozzarella and used the whole 2 tbl of parm). A perfect dish to leave for your family to reheat when your away!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
Some recipes require a good deal of preparation time with little pay off. To the contrary this Cavatini offers an exceptional reward for the time invested. Though it takes some time there isn't anything particularly difficult about it. As others have done I cut the recipe in half and still had a heaping mound of food. It came out of the oven piping hot with a golden brown topping. I received rave reviews from my family. We didn't even need a side dish... just a little Italian bread and butter. For kids and adults alike for a hearty unbelievably tasty meal - check this one out!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2009
Gave this a "4" ONLY because of our personal preferences (felt it needed more pasta some garlic and the chicken was lost in the final results). But still totally enjoyable and a great base to "tweak"! Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
My husband and I loved this recipe. It was so rich and cheesy. My little girl didn't think much of it but 7 year old children can be pretty finicky. This is a definite keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2006
This was very tasty I thought the combination of the meats seemed very strange but to my surprise was delicious. As others said it is quite a bit of a time consuming recipe to prepare but does make a lot. The only thing I changed was I added more pasta & sauce it just didn't seem like enough pasta for all of the meat involved & I used fresh mushrooms rather than canned. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
I recently catered my son's wedding and made this dish for 150 people. I only used rotini pasta in mine as well as ground sausage and ground beef. I wasn't quite sure about the recipe first so I made a batch and sent it to work with hubby the guys absolutely loved it and they finished the whole batch! When they say this batch makes a lot they're not kidding! But in my case that was a good thing. It also freezes and reheats well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2004
This was a HUGE hit! I used Ragu Green Peppers and Onion sauce turkey pepparoni cooking spray instead of butter and reduced fat cheese and my meat and potatoes husband was none the wiser. We have to sneak the healthy things in when we can girls! Read More
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