Cavatappi in Marinara

Cavatappi is a pasta noodle that looks like a ridged spiral, the same thickness as elbow. This dish is pretty similar to what I do for Spaghetti or other marinara pasta dishes. the actual proper term for this is a Ragout (ragoo) because I used meat in the sauce but Ragout only looks cool in the title when you use the word Elk in front of it. This can obviously be made vegetarian without meat and vegan without the meat and cheese. Its also easy because the tomatoes are canned. The fun part is you get to choose how much garlic you want or Oregano to taste making it custom for you! 🙂

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Cavatappi in Marinara
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Recipe type: Main
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 lb Cavatappi Pasta Noodles
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Large can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper as needed
  1. Sweat the garlic and onions in 1 TBS olive oil. Add the beef, brown and drain off the fat.
  2. Get the pasta on and ready to boil for 7 minutes; meanwhile..
  3. Add the tomatoes spices and bay leaf to the hamburger and bring it to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf!
  4. Add drained pasta to tomato sauce in a large pot and set that on low heat while you stir it all together.
  5. Finish with some shredded Mozzarella if desired.

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Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. an an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace


  1. That looks so simple and incredible! I’m definitely going to try this for lunch one day.

    • it totally is Cat its literally a half hour and you are done and it feeds a whole family with leftovers. Probably could get the ingredients for less than $10 too!

  2. This looks incredible. I love pasta dishes, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. My kids would think that pasta was cool!

    • I would buy some specifically to dye for art projects its super neat! Well except when you boil it and eat one to check doneness and not all the liquid is out. Yep I got a burned lip today LOL

  4. That looks delicious! definitely going to have to print this one out!

  5. Well, now I could suggest this NEW recipe to my mom so that she would do not just the boring Elbow macaroni salad ever but try this! Looks yum yum! Elbow could also be use in this recipe right? In case we can’t find Cavatappi. I guess you forgot to list the Cavatappi/pasta in the ingredients section. =)

    • Yes you could use elbow it would be called something else but would taste the same and teo i didnt list that ingredient, oops!

  6. Looks super yummy! I wish you lived closer so I could come eat dinner at your house.

  7. This looks so good!

  8. It looks great! I can’t wait to try the recipe..thanks for sharing!

  9. sandraw2580 says:

    Looks really delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe, again! I really love going here because I always learn recipes that are easy to cook.

  10. I made a homemade marinara the other night for the first time. It was good but needed a little something more to it. I used it to dip my cheese sticks in. I will try your recipe and see if I like it better.

  11. It looks and sounds delicious!

  12. This looks soooo good!

  13. This is going on my menu for this week~

  14. Looks simple and delicious, my favorite combination! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Looks deliciously Yummy Thanks for the recipe!

  16. I love oregano – a nice tomatoe base dish like this one can have all kinds of orgeno – yummy!

  17. I made this dish for thanksgiving yesterday – it was FABULOUS!

  18. This recipe looks so yummy! I am excited to try this tonight….. Just need to puck up ground beef on the way home.

    Looks so easy to make with 3 kids at home! LOL

    What do you think about adding like 1/2 cup of each, chopped celery and carrot to try and get some veggies into the kids who barley eat them lol

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