Homemade Cavatelli is made with flour, water and salt and kneaded into a delicious dough, then shaped with your hands.
Homemade cavatelli was the first homemade pasta I've made. It was absolutely delicious, especially if you pair it with half baked harvest's homemade roasted red pepper sauce. If you are looking to make pasta from scratch and you don't have a pasta making machine, this is the recipe for you! I strongly encourage you to try this.
How to make Homemade Cavatelli
Place 4 cups of the flour on the counter and make a well. Add 1 ½ cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt into it and using a fork, incorporate the flour into the water. Eventually, the mixture will become a dough. You can use a dough scraper to incorporate the rest of the flour. The dough might feel pretty dry but just stick with it until you get a ball. If it is too dry sprinkle water. If it is too sticky dust more flour onto your work surface and work it in. You want to end up with a ball that’s not too sticky and not too dry. Knead for 8-10 minutes, do not over-knead or the pasta will become chewy. Cling wrap or keep the dough in Tupperware for one hour. This is important as it will help the dough become cohesive.
After 1 hour, cut the dough into 8 pieces. Use one of the piece and keep the rest of the dough cling wrapped or in the Tupperware so it won’t dry up.
Using the one piece, make a thin rope with your hands. Cut half inch sized pieces with a knife. Using your thumb, apply a gentle pressure on the dough, dragging it toward you.
Leave the cavatelli to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and they will be ready to boil!