Baked Cavatappi

Baked Cavatappi

Cavatappi is a short, thin, ridged spiral-shaped pasta.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time


  • 1 package cavatappi pasta 16 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage links (about 3), uncooked, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 packages button mushrooms quartered, 8 ounce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 jars pasta sauce 26 ounce
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until barely al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion; saute 10-12 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic, herbs and salt. Cook until liquid from mushrooms has evaporated (about 9-11 minutes). Add pasta sauce and cream. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and add pasta. Transfer to a 4-quart baking dish. May be refrigerated several hours or overnight.
  2. To Bake: Bake, covered, in a preheated 350 F oven, 15 minutes; remove cover and stir. Combine cheeses and parsley; sprinkle evenly over pasta. Continue baking, uncovered, until bubbly in center and cheese is melted (about 15 minutes).

Recipe Notes

Tip: Omit the sausage to create a wonderful side dish.