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Homemade Cavatelli

  • prep: 40 mins
    total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • servings: 6




  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons durum semolina flour, plus more for baking sheets
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Step 1

    Mix together flours and salt on a clean surface, make a well in center, and gradually add 1/2 cup water and oil, working flours into center until a dough forms. (If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Knead dough until smooth and it springs back when gently pressed, about 5 minutes. Wrap in plastic.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle 2 rimmed baking sheets with semolina flour. Divide dough into 8 pieces; keep covered with plastic wrap. Roll one piece at a time into a long rope, about 1/3 inch in diameter, then cut rope into 1/3-inch-long pieces. Using tips of index and middle fingers, firmly press each piece and pull dough toward you so it lengthens slightly and forms a curl in the middle. Transfer pieces to baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

  3. Step 3

    Cavatelli can be refrigerated, covered, up to 4 hours. (Or freeze on sheet; once firm, transfer to a resealable bag and freeze up to 3 months. There's no need to thaw before cooking.)

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