Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pasta shaped like small shells or bullets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of pasta, with rolled edges.

Etymologies

Italian, from pl. diminutive of cavato, past participle of cavare, to hollow out, from Latin cavāre; see excavate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My wife is from Molise so we'll make cavatelli, roll it out and cut it.

    Michael White, The Prince of Pasta

  • Focusing on the sunny cuisine of the Mediterranean, it offers a flavor-dense tour of the region, from the Turkish walnut salad with pomegranate seeds, to house made ricotta cavatelli with chestnuts and crimini mushrooms.

    Tanya Steel: The Best Fashion Week Food Spots

  • The menu included their house-made cavatelli with sausage and browned sage butter.

    A Lifelong Taste for Horse Racing

  • Add 1 pound fresh or frozen cavatelli to the large pot of boiling water and cook for a few minutes less than the package instructions indicate; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, then add the pasta to the pan with the tomatoes.

    The Shape of Summer Pasta

  • Like many of his peers, the chef serves pasta as a meatless option, and to be honest, his cavatelli are doughier than ideal.

    Same address, changed atmosphere: 701 shines with new chef, interior

  • Chef Barry Koslow at Tallula uses lots of fennel seeds, for veal sausage with cavatelli, in pickled ramps, bread-and-butter pickles and in all of the restaurant's brines.

    I Spice: Fennel

  • At Coccaro the bent is toward Apulian home cooking, with regional dishes from Puglia, such as Zampina sausage with chard and tomatoes, or homemade cavatelli pasta with broad bean puree, cherry tomatoes and red onion.

    Sniffing Out Local Gems

  • Fresh pasta includes specialty items like gnocchi and cavatelli and filled pastas like ravioli.

    The City Cook

  • I look hung over from my busy night of watching Top Chef reruns and eating cavatelli pasta with sausage and brown sage butter!

    Lindsay Mannering: The No Mirror Project, Day 3: Wherein Our Writers Shows Her Underpants And Looks Hungover

  • Michael McNally, a deep-voiced, towering man in his early 50s, may have begun his career as a dishwasher rather than a culinary school student, but he likes to play aroundhence such appetizers as pumpkin goat cheese dumplings and duck quesadillas and such entres as cavatelli with wild boar ragu and grilled calfs liver with foie gras custard.

    The Foie Gras Wars

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  • Looks like a peapod to me.

    July 2, 2010