Homemade Cavatelli
Aunt Mary gave us this recipe. It was Nana LaCava's. I remember the days when Nana LaCava and Nana Panza would be in the kitchen all day making cavatelli and macaroni noodles. They would drape clean sheets over the furniture and there would be pasta drying on every flat surface in the house. Many thanks to them both for giving us so much good pasta over the years! - Val

1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 pound ricotta
4 oz. water
4 cups flour (or more)

Add ricotta to beaten eggs and mix well. Then add water, mix; add flour and salt, mix to form a ball. Let rest for 15 min. Cut into pieces and roll each piece into a rope. Cut in 1/2 inch pieces. With thumb roll off the back of a fork. (I remember Nana using the bottom of a basket. She also had a board that had grooves on it that she used!) Let these dry on a table.

[To cook: add them to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 2 minutes or until they float.) Add sauce or use in your favorite recipe.

Homemade Macaroni Noodles

4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup water

Combine eggs & water in a bowl and beat. add flour and salt, mix well and form dough into a ball. Cover with a dish and let sit for 15 minutes. Roll out with a rolling pin (or macaroni stick!) Create a large flat square. Then roll up loosely into a jelly roll shape. With a sharp knife cut into 1/4" or less pieces. Unroll each noodle and dry for at least 30 min. before cooking. To cook: Place noodles into rapidly boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain and add to your recipe.

~ Nana LaCava