5-Ingredient Cavatelli Pasta Recipe: A Winning 30-Minute Pasta Dinner by 30Seconds Food

5-Ingredient Cavatelli Pasta Recipe: A Winning 30-Minute Pasta Dinner

It's crazy how packed with flavor this easy cavatelli pasta recipe is, especially since it has just five ingredients. Cavatelli pasta is cooked with Italian sausage, garlic, cheese and broccoli rabe to create a dinner the whole family will devour.

Cavatelli are small pasta shells made from semolina or other flour dough. Some say the pasta looks like mini hot dog buns. When making homemade cavatelli, some add ricotta cheese into the dough mixture. We've used pre-made cavatelli pasta for this easy 30-minute recipe.

Serve this pasta recipe for dinner with your favorite side dishes

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds broccoli rabe, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 12 ounces cavatelli pasta or your favorite short pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • Use regular, mild, sweet or hot Italian sausage.
  • If you can't find cavatelli, you can substitute penne, rotini, fusilli or your favorite short pasta.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the sausage and cook until sausage is cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. 
  2. While the sausage cooks, cook the broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling, salted water for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the broccoli rabe with a slotted spoon and drain well. 
  3. Add the pasta to the same boiling water and cook according to package directions until al dente, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped broccoli rabe, cooked pasta, about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and the Parmesan cheese to the sausage. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish individual servings with a dollop of ricotta cheese, if desired, and more Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 680

Total Fat: 42.4g

Saturated Fat: 13.4g

Cholesterol: 113mg

Sodium: 1036mg

Total Carbohydrate: 35g

Dietary Fiber: 1.6g

Total Sugars: 0.1g

Protein: 37.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 425mg

Iron: 7mg

Potassium: 351mg

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Donna John
This looks amazing!!! Cannot wait to make it.
Elisa Schmitz
Incredible dinner recipe. So easy and delicious! #yum

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