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Ricotta Cavatelli Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Homemade Ricotta Cavatelli are a delicious, authentic Italian dinner. Made with only 4 ingredients they're light, fluffy and perfect with sauce. A must try! Learn how to make the best homemade pasta with this easy recipe!
WW Freestyle Points 20
Prep Time : 1 hour
Total Time : 2 hours
Serves : 4 large servings (about 1.5 cups cooked)
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  • 4 cups all purpose white flour plus extra for shaping
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 lb whole milk ricotta
  • 2/3 cup water


  • In a bowl mix together flour, salt, ricotta and water with hands. At first the dough may seem sticky, but work the dough squeezing it together for about 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes the dough should be relatively formed together - enough that you can make a big ball.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for another 1-2 minutes. This helps the dough to become much smoother.
  • Set the dough aside and add more flour to your surface.
  • Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a thin strip (about ½ inch thick)
  • Using a scissor or knife cut the strips into small balls (smaller than a dime)
  • Toss the balls with flour and then use the pasta tool or fork to shape (see above for step by step tutorial.)
  • We use the pasta block and press firmly with our pointer or thumb, rolling the pasta downward. Be liberal with the flour when rolling/shaping!
  • Place the cavatelli on a floured baking sheet as you’re making them - shaking the sheet every few minutes to make sure they’re not sticking to one another
  • Put the cavatelli on the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • When the cavatelli are frozen, pour them into a mesh strainer. Shake the excess flour off of them. *Do not skip this step, if you do you will wind up with gummy pasta water that is not tasty!*
  • Store in a ziploc bag or container in the freezer until ready to eat.
  • When ready to cook - boil water. Add cavatelli to boiling water and cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until cavatelli float to the top of the pan.
  • Serve however you like!


Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Ricotta Cavatelli Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1.5 -2 cups of cooked cavatelli)
Calories 652 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 972mg42%
Potassium 253mg7%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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