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Cavatini Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Mary Blakeman
Added: Sunday, February 10, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 to 5 kinds of pasta noodles
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
shells, twists, elbows, etc.
1 to 2 lb. Jimmy Dean sausage
(about 1 cup of each kind)
1 lg. bottle spaghetti sauce
1 onion, diced
(such as Ragu) any flavor
garlic powder, oregano, pepper, red pepper and chili powder to taste
1 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 - 3 c. grated Mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Directions:
In a very large pot, cook pasta and drain. Place the drained pasta back into the pot (but NOT on the heat) and pour entire bottle of dressing onto pasta and stir well. While pasta cools, prepare the sauce/meat mixture.

In a large frying pan, crush and brown the sausage with the chopped onions. Once browned, drain fat and add Ragu and spices. Let this mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to blend flavors. When sauce is ready, pour it into the very large pot containing the cooled pasta and mix well. Add Parmesan cheese and mix again.

Pour this combined mixture into a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Sprinkle a bit of additional Parmesan cheese over this mixture and then spread with Mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for about 30 to 45 minutes until bubbly. You may have to cook it longer if it has been refrigerated. To make a supreme version of this, I add pepperoni, chopped peppers and chopped mushrooms (or any appropriate leftover meats or veggies).

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This makes a LOT and is great for buffet or potluck dinners. MEN LOVE THIS DISH!! Since this dish freezes well, I always double it and freeze one batch for later use. But sometimes it disappears so quickly I must use both batches.

 

 

 

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