Not Quite Cavatini

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Sometimes the best recipes are ones you don’t even think you will like!  Years ago, my best friend gave me a recipe for cavatini.  I really didn’t know what that was, except that they used to serve a similar dish at a nationally known pizza chain.  I also discovered that my husband LOVED it.

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It isn’t a hard dish to make, but for some reason, I rarely have the right ingredients on hand.  Honestly, I rarely have all the right ingredients on hand for anything unless I plan for it!!

It was during one of those unplanned recipe moments that I came up with Not Quite Cavatini.  I actually thought this was very good and that says a lot coming from me, as I don’t particularly love anything with a “marinara” sauce.  My husband, on the other hand, loves marinara-type sauces and he liked it so much that he declared that I “should find a way to put this recipe on Pinterest”!!!!  (That’s high praise because my Pinterest usage gets a lot of head-shaking and eye-rolling around here.)  So in the spirit of sharing, here is my recipe for Not Quite Cavatini.  Hope you all enjoy…

 

Not Quite Cavatini

Not Quite Cavatini

Not Quite Cavatini

1 box elbow macaroni
1 1/2 pounds hamburger
Pepperoni, approximately 20 slices; chopped
2 Tablespoons salted, sweet cream butter
1 medium onion, diced
6 medium cloves garlic; minced
1/2 block of cream cheese (I had an 8 oz block. Use what you have!)
1 5 oz. container shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning + 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 Tablespoon ketchup
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon garlic powder

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to box directions until tender.
  3. While pasta is cooking, put one can diced tomatoes, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 cup water, 1/2 can tomato paste, 1 T ketchup, 2 tsp Italian season, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt in pot and bring to low boil. Turn down heat and let simmer while the meat is cooking.
  4. In a separate pan, melt butter. Cook onions in butter until they start to brown (very light), add garlic and cook for one minute.
  5. Add hamburger meat. While meat is cooking, add 1 tsp Italian seasoning and 1 tsp garlic powder. Cook until hamburger is no longer pink. Drain grease and add meat/onions to noodles.
  6. Add sauce to noodle/meat mixture. Add cream cheese. Stir until melted. Add 1 oz. Parmesan and stir.
  7. Pour mixture into 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle rest of Parmesan on top.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes (I did about 18), until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling slightly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese—it will melt fairly quickly.
    *This makes a large amount. We fed five people and had plenty of leftovers!
NOTE:  Normally, I would use rotini or penne or some other really interestingly shaped pasta.  For some reason, I had five boxes of elbow macaroni in the pantry and thought I should use it up!!!!!!

This is definitely a hearty dish.  Serve it with some garlic bread and a side salad for a complete meal.

Does your family have a favorite pasta recipe?  I’d love for you to share it!


Not Quite Cavatini www.thatonemom.com

Not Quite Cavatini www.thatonemom.com
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