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Uncooked cavatelli
Type Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Cookbook: Cavatelli  Media: Cavatelli
Dry capunti, a variety of cavatelli from Apulia

Cavatelli [kavaˈtɛlli] are small pasta shells from eggless semolina dough that look like miniature hot dog buns.[1] Cavatelli literally means "little hollows".[a] Ricotta cavatelli adds ricotta cheese to the dough mix.[1] It is commonly cooked with garlic and broccoli or broccoli rabe.

A dish of cavatelli

Regional names and varieties[edit]

Many varieties and local names of Cavatelli exist, including orecchie di prete (priest's ears).[2] In Apulia a number of varieties of Cavatelli have specific names including pizzicarieddi.[2] In parts of Campania, they can be called parmarieddo.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cognate to English cave and cavity.


  1. ^ a b "Pasta Shapes". Cook's Thesaurus. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c De Vita, Oretta Zanini (2009). Encyclopedia of Pasta. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 73.