Cavatappi (the Italian word for a corkscrew) is a type of S-shaped macaroni pasta. It goes by many names, including amori, cellentani, serpentini, or spirali. The slender, corkscrew shape with subtle ridges makes it the perfect pasta to serve with sauces since the shape and design ensure that the pasta sticks to the creamy sauces, giving you a burst of flavor every time.
If you’ve got a pack of this pasta in your pantry, you have to try your hand at these cavatappi pasta recipes. They combine cavatappi pasta with some delightful sauces, veggies, and meats to produce easy and affordable dishes you’ll love.
1. Cavatappi Alfredo with Broccoli & Chicken
This simple, delicious recipe is ideal for adding some greens to your diet. It calls for combining cavatappi, broccoli florets, and chicken with a creamy and indulgent alfredo sauce to produce a rich and hearty treat you’ll love. The best thing? It’s made without heavy cream, which allows you to reduce the added fat but still get that creamy richness.
2. Cavatappi Pasta
Cavatappi pasta and Italian sausage tossed with a balsamic-vinegar dressing and herbs — this recipe produces a dish full of sumptuous Italian flavors. Serve it with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra oomph. It works with or without meat and also includes variations you can explore to personalize the recipe to your unique dietary and taste preferences.
3. Cavatappi Pasta with Marinara
This simple dish uses a homemade red sauce with the cavatappi pasta along with fresh basil that gives the sauce a pop of color and earthy flavor. The garlic provides an otherworldly aroma, and butter, added right at the end, gives the dish a smooth finish. Pair it with creamy brie for a top-notch meal.
4. Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Don’t sleep on this meal — it features the most amazing full-bodied flavors! You’ll be making a rich, homemade tomato sauce with prosciutto, onion, red pepper flakes, garlic, tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, and wine. When you toss it with some cavatappi pasta and stir in some heavy cream and basil, it becomes something straight out of Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen!
5. Cheesy Bacon Cavatappi Pasta
This cheesy bacon cavatappi pasta recipe is made with milk and cream of bacon soup to infuse every pasta shell with an exquisitely creamy flavor. It has a generous helping of parmesan, mozzarella, and seasonings. Garnished with cheese and bacon bits, it produces an absolute crowd-pleaser. Bake until the cheese has melted, and serve hot.
6. Creamy Beef Cavatappi
This quick and delicious recipe comes together in just 30 minutes! It features a creamy sauce prepared with ground beef, heavy cream, cheese, spices, and herbs. Paired with cavatappi noodles, it produces the most exquisite flavors and textures. It’s delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with some bread and dessert for an elaborate date night meal.
7. Creamy Cavatappi Cacio e Pepe
This recipe, which translates into “cheese and pepper” in Italian, has a lusciously creamy sauce that clings to the cavatappi pasta and transforms into an explosion of flavors! It has a tender but firm bite when cheeses like Grana Padano (or Parmigiano-Reggiano) and Pecorino Romano are added to it. Add a sprinkle of black pepper, and serve!
8. Creamy Cavatappi Pasta
This comfort meal makes an incredibly easy weeknight dinner but is also indulgent enough for a special event. In it, cavatappi pasta is flavored with a cheesy and rich garlic-infused cauliflower sauce. It also has lots of baby spinach and finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes to pack a nutrition and texture punch. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.
9. Mushroom and Swiss Beef Cavatappi with Bacon and Green Onions
This recipe comes together in a snap, making it perfect for hectic weeknights. It calls for flavoring green onions, mushrooms, bacon, and ground beef with demi-glace concentrate, cream cheese, and Swiss cheese to produce a delightful meal. You can season it as desired and explore the variations available to alter it to your taste.
10. Pasta Primavera
In this recipe, you pair cavatappi pasta with various veggies like asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, peas, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. Then, toss them all in a light, vibrant, creamy sauce spiked with garlic. You can enjoy it as-is or add a protein source, such as chicken, shrimp, or tofu, for a nutrition boost. It’s simple, delicious, and takes barely 30 minutes!
11. Pesto Cavatappi (Noodles & Company Copycat)
Learn how to make pesto cavatappi just like the popular version made by Noodles & Company. Simply combine cavatappi with mushrooms, tomatoes, white wine, broth, and heavy cream, and cook to your desired texture. Next, mix in some pesto and garnish with grated parmesan. It will produce a dish with incredible flavors — don’t be surprised when it flies off your dinner table!
12. Spicy Sausage Cavatappi
Delight your taste buds with this spicy sausage cavatappi dish — but don’t worry; you can alter it to your desired heat preferences. It calls for combining cavatappi with spicy Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach. It has red pepper flakes that kick up the spice levels, but it can easily be toned down with some cheese, heavy cream, and sour cream.
13. Tex-Mex Cavatappi
This crowd-pleasing Tex-Mex cavatappi dinner is brimming with the most amazing flavors of the Southwest. It’s made by simmering cooked ground beef with salsa and seasonings to allow the flavors to come together beautifully. Then, add the corkscrew-shaped cavatappi and mix well. Garnish with some more cheese, and add lime wedges to serve.
14. 3 Cheese Cavatappi
Rich, creamy, and indulgent, this recipe combines cavatappi pasta with three types of cheeses — cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan. It produces a velvety and decadent dish that’s flavored with onions and garlic for enhanced appeal. It’s robust, smokey, and downright delicious on its own, but you can also mix in some steamed broccoli or chicken for a nutrition boost.