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Cavatini Supreme is a pasta casserole with ground beef, pepperoni, red sauce and loads of gooey mozzarella cheese. This comfort food pasta recipe is easy to make and it freezes well, so make a big batch! Disclosure: I received a Lagostina casserole pan in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.white dinner plate of Cavatini Supreme with the casserole pan full of it behind the plate

Cavatini Supreme Recipe

When we were newlyweds, my in-laws would visit us armed with dinner. I remember loving my mother-in-law’s Cavatini Supreme recipe. I had no clue, until recently, that Cavatini Supreme was a dish you could order at Pizza Hut. Apparently, a copy-cat recipe went through the bridge club sect and my mother-in-law and Bill’s aunt had slightly different recipes. After checking out the recipe, I was thrilled to discover how easily it went from kitchen to table.

I’ve tweaked it by using homemade marinara vs. the jarred spaghetti sauce in the original recipe, but store bought sauce makes it super easy. Adding some Italian sausage for a little spice is also a way to amp up the flavor, but all ground beef is delightfully delicious, too.Cavatini Supreme baked into a large pan, with a spoonful being served from it

Cavatini Supreme – Family Favorite Recipe

Growing up in the Midwest, good, old fashioned comfort food was the norm. I can’t recall being served an entree salad for dinner or a meal without a healthy dose of carbs. Plus, any dish with an Italian flare was gobbled up with nary a complaint. I’m not sure if the cavatini supreme craze spread from coast to coast, but in my neck of the woods, it was the perfect casserole to cook up for a weeknight dinner, to take to a family with a new baby or a to a funeral dinner. Easy, scrumptious and always a hit.Lagostina round adonized casserole pan

Non-Stick Lagostina Casserole

I cooked up this super cheesy, family friendly cavatini supreme recipe in a brand new Lagostina Nera Nonstick 5-quart Casserole, replete with Italian craftsmanship. With its hard-anodized construction and 3.5 mm base, it provides even heat distribution while still being attractive enough to perch on the cook top. I’m a fan of the beautiful hammered stainless steel lid and the ergonomically riveted, stay-cool handles. Lagostina makes a hammered copper cookware set that is gorgeous, too!

More features include an easy to clean nonstick finish and flared edges for dripless pouring. This casserole is dishwasher safe, oven safe up to 500°, and comes with a lifetime warranty. And it’s perfect for cooking up big family meals like this cavatini. Available only at Macy’s, today you have a chance to win a Lagostina casserole of your own! Scroll down to the bottom to see how to enter. Open to those with a US mailing address only and those 18 years old and above. Update: The giveaway is over and the entry form has been removed from this post.

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Cavatini Supreme

A pasta casserole with ground beef, pepperoni, red sauce and loads of gooey mozzarella cheese. This comfort food pasta recipe is easy to make and it freezes well, so make a big batch!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jar mushrooms or sauteed fresh mushroom slices
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce, homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1/2 package pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 pound pasta of your choice, cooked and drained (spirals are traditional, but I used medium shells or conchiglie)
  • Garlic salt, Italian seasoning, to taste, optional
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella


  1. In a large oven safe skillet, saute ground beef and sausage with onions and pepper. When meat is browned, remove from heat and drain. Add mushrooms, marinara, and pasta and mix well. Taste and add seasonings if needed. Mix in pepperoni, Top with Parmesan, then Mozzarella.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º. Bake about 30 minutes or until the dish is hot and cheese is golden.

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104 comments on “Cavatini Supreme Recipe”

  1. That beautiful pan looks perfect for something you start on the stove and finish in the oven, I’m thinking pork chops:@) Your pasta looks great with all that melty cheese!

  2. I am drooling over those melting cheese…totally irresistible!

  3. I would love to make a lasagna in this pan!!!

  4. what a great pan I would love one! but whats in it is even better drooling over here!

  5. Whenever I hear ‘cavatini’ I always think of Pizza Hut’s Cavatini from the 70’s. I loved it! Your recipe sounds delish!!

  6. I love this cavatini in its fancy casserole pan – oven to table, what could be easier. I too love that hammered lid. Lucky you!

  7. I would give the dish to my sweet new little sister-in-law (since they eloped they didn’t get to do a registry and get stuff) and she’d probably make something delicious and vegan in it!

  8. Your recipe, of course!

  9. What a delicious dinner and a pretty casserole! I’d love to make a springy chicken and rice dish in it!

  10. This is a beautiful casserole. The first thing I will make is a veggie casserole!

  11. I would make a chicken and veggie casserole.

  12. I think I would make chicken pot pie!

  13. I would cook pasta e fagioli is this.

  14. I’d make some parmesan risotto with mushrooms.

  15. I would make a shrimp and noodle casserole.

  16. I would like to cook a chicken cordon bleu casserole. This is a favorite of my family.

  17. Chicken parm.. or my wife would, otherwise it would end up as some weird pseudo-edible dish.

  18. Oh Liz, this pasta dish looks delicious…absolutely mouthwatering…and I am loving all the ground beef and sausage topped with gooey cheese…yum!
    I hope you are having a great week 🙂

  19. I make a spicy shrimp pasta dish that I would love to cook in this!

  20. I’d cook some vegan fettucine alfredo with tofu shirataki noodles.

  21. I would made lasagna in the great pan .

  22. I’d have try your dish! It looks like our kind of meal!

  23. I would make lasagna!

  24. Your Cavatini Supreme looks amazing! Maybe something inspired by your recipe but without the pasta since I can’t do pasta.

  25. I would make chicken parm.

  26. I would def make some lasagna and that be gone to do it again. I love lots of casseroles as well cause I’m the heart of Appalachia everything came out of a casserole dish.

  27. I would love to try the Cavatini Supreme recipe you shared with us! Looks so good!

  28. To am dying for some lasagna

  29. I’d make baked ziti.

  30. I would make oven baked macaroni and cheese with that golden brown layer of cheese on top.

  31. I would make baked spaghetti.

  32. curry chicken!

  33. I would make braised chicken thighs!

  34. I might first try something we call ‘Fake Lasagna.’ Basically, you use all the typical lasagna ingredients: ricotta cheese, mozzarella, ground beef or similar, a good sauce, diced tomatoes, onion, etc., but instead of using lasagna style pasta, we just add a bottom layer of something like penne pasta. It’s so much easier, lol.

  35. I would make Chicken Parmesan.

  36. I’d make lasagna

  37. some lasagna

    id make

  38. I would make a winter squash gratin

  39. I’d make eggplant parmesan!

  40. I would make Chicken Parmesan – it’s our family favorite!

  41. Goodness that looks so delicious. I think I would make ricotta and mushroom stuffed shells in this beautiful pot!

  42. I would make Ham and Cheese Tortellini

  43. I would cook baked spaghetti

  44. I would make a delicious baked ziti.

  45. Oh this looks so good. You’ve made me very hungry!

  46. Liz, your Cavatini recipe looks delicious~! This would make a great make-ahead potluck dish. Thanks for posting this~!
    Your Lagostina casserole looks like it’s going to get a lot of use~! Love that you can start browning on the stove, then add to the recipe to slow-cook in the oven, all in one pan~!

  47. cajun chicken pasta

  48. Had that dish, it is so good but I did not know the name. And whata great casserole too, just beautiful. Now I am craving cheese.

  49. I’ve never had this dish but I can certainly see why it would be so popular.

  50. What a beautiful dish. I think I would make exactly what Liz made.

  51. Gorgeous dish! I would make Stuffed Shells!

  52. I would make Chicken Parmesan.

  53. I would make tuna casserole

  54. The first dish I would cook in this Lagostina casserole is a pesto spaghetti squash casserole.

  55. This Cavatini does remind me of Pizza Hut’s dish and I loved it. Will certainly give this a try soon. Do like the pan you are giving away. Hope I have some good luck.

  56. I would love to try this recipe in a new pan!

  57. Love this pan, love to be able to put in the oven. This recipe would be a good one to try, sounds good, something the family would like.

  58. What a beautiful pan and would be a great addition to my kitchen.

  59. I would make baked ziti! Love that stuff.

  60. I would makes some chicken enchiladas in it first if I were to win!

  61. This is a beautiful pan and this Cavatini Supreme would be my first recipe. It looks delicious and I know my family would devour it.

  62. I would make chicken tortilla casserole.

  63. Gorgeous looking pan, I would have to try your recipe of Cavatini Supreme, it looks so good!!!!

  64. This would be a great pan for making my homemade meatballs in.

  65. I would make skillet lasagna

  66. I would make some kind of risotto!

  67. Your recipe, of course!

  68. I would love to make my mom’s famous chicken and broccoli casserole in this!

  69. I would make my special ziti

  70. I would make lasagna, thank you

  71. I would make a broccoli casserole.

  72. I just love that hammered lid, so cool. I also love that it’s Italian craftsmanship, does that mean it was made in Italy?
    Your cavatini looks wonderful, I love that it’s a one pot dish and making it in such a gorgeous pot makes it so easy to serve directly at the table. I’m going to enter the contest as I would have it shipped to Arizona to our friend’s place.

  73. I would make seafood jambalaya.

  74. I would make lasagna.

  75. I would make a veggie casserole.

  76. I like the looks of your casserole and I’m making a lot of Italian these days. I can only imagine how much help the pan provided, as they so often do.

  77. I’d make one pot macaroni and cheese

  78. I would make the Cavatini Supreme first because it looks absolutely divine. Then I would make a strawberry cheesecake skillet cake 🍰

  79. I would make Spaghetti, my grandson’s favorite meal.

  80. This would be a great dish to make a shepherd’s pie in

  81. I would make my meatballs and sauce, what a nice looking pan.

  82. Think I’d cook a Japanese “nabe” stew =) Like your sausage-cheesy pick too though =)

  83. Oh, I could really use this. I think I’d make paella in this first.

  84. I would make some chicken cacciatore.

  85. I love this dish … really surprised you can order it at Pizza Hut … but I bet it doesn’t look like yours, Liz!

  86. I would make baked mac and cheese!

  87. Oh I would love to make my chicken and dumplings! One of our families favorites.

  88. This looks amazing, I love one skillet meals. I would love to make lasagna roll ups or a sour cream noodle bake.

  89. I’d cook a risotto

  90. I would cook a chicken and rice casserole.

  91. I would make my mothers shrimp scampi recipe in this.

  92. Definitely something ooey gooey with LOTS of cheese…Mac and cheese, lasagna, any of it!

  93. I would make a tuna noodle casserole.

  94. My first meal would probably be a simple one pot chicken dinner.

  95. I would make shepherds pie!

  96. I would love to make lasagna.

  97. I would make an enchilada casserole in this pan!

  98. I would make a deep dish mac and cheese to start with.

  99. Love that pan! Yes, yes. This is the second recipe of yours I made this week. Yesterday the Lemon Bars and tonight the Cavatini. It was absolutely outstanding. This will be a regular. So much better than lasagna. Love it. In that beautiful pan, if I should win it, I would make your Cavatini immediately. Thank you.

  100. I would make a chicken carbanara.

  101. My mother use to make something like this but I know she didn’t call it cavatini. 🙂 Being a Louisiana farm girl, she called it a meat and pasta casserole. I’m sure it didn’t even come close to your MIL’s. Like love and goodness can be seen in this dish. YUM!

  102. This cavatini recipe is fabulous!  The flavor is excellent.   My guests loved it and it will definitely be saved for future occasions.

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