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Lynette O'Hehir
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History of Cavatelli

Lynette O'Hehir

History of Cavatelli

First made in Molise, Cavatelli spread widely at the beginning of the thirteenth century, with Frederick II of Swabia documenting the dish and holding it in high regard. Cavatelli is a type of Italian shaped pasta formed into a miniature shell typically served with thick sauces. The name Cavatelli means "little hollows", named after the hollow shape of the small pasta shells. Cavatelli originated in the Southern Italian region of Molise as a main dish in their culture, before spreading to the area of Puglia. It is known as one of the oldest pasta shapes in Italy. Its name differs...

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