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Need an easy dinner recipe? Cavetini supreme is an old family tradition I turned in to a new family dinner recipe. This baked pasta recipe is quick and easy to make thanks to Ragu sauce.

A baked pasta recipe is an easy dinner that's also filling and delicious.  Cavetini supreme is packed with pasta shapes, meat, veggies mixed in pasta sauce and baked with cheese on top. Serve with a salad for a delicious family meal!

I grew up in a very small town on the western side of Michigan. At the time our restaurant options for eating out were fairly limited.  My sisters and I loved to eat out at Pizza Hut.  We went maybe twice a year and it was a big deal. My dad didn't much care for the pizza there so he always ordered the Cavetini Supreme, a baked pasta dish.  I thought he was crazy for ordering it, but that was his dish. Since then Cavetini Supreme has been taken off the menu and in fact very few sit down Pizza Huts even remain.  But this pasta dish always makes me think of my dad and our tradition of special family dinners out.

Ragu Organic Sauce

The ingredients for cavetini are probably all in your house already. Pasta, ground beef, onions, cheese and of course, sauce. I had no idea that Ragu now has an organic sauce! I had to give it a try.  Did you know that Ragu is actually an old family recipe.  It is the family recipe of Assunta Cantisano.  She started making her sauce in her kitchen in upstate New York, which is where my husband went to college.  Assunta sold her sauce to her neighbors and one thing led to another and now it's in grocery stores everywhere. Talk about a working mom making it big.  Ragu is free of high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. It's perfect for a baked pasta recipe like cavetini.

Easy Baked Pasta

The original cavetini had three pastas in it – rotini, shell and wagon wheels. I couldn't find the wagon wheels so I just went with rotini and shells.

Cavetini Recipe

Cook the pasta and prepare the ground beef mixture. Get out a really big mixing bowl and add all the ingredients except the cheese.  Don't forget your favorite Ragu sauce! Gently mix it all together to combine. I only used 1 jar of Ragu Organic sauce and I wish I'd used 1 1/2 to 2 jars. I wanted it a little saucier. But start with one jar and see how you like it.

Baked Pasta Recipe with Meat

Bake for about 25-30 minutes. I used a round casserole dish but next time. I'll use a 9 x 13 pan.  I had leftover mix (which I froze) and I wanted the cheese to be more spread out.  So I'd suggest using the baking dish instead. Toss a salad while the pasta bakes for an easy side dish.  Once the cheese is melted and gooey on top, it's ready to eat.

Get dinner on the table in under an hour with this easy baked pasta recipe!

My 6 year old son said this is the best pasta ever! I told him it was his grandpa's favorite pasta dish and my son said it's his too.  An old family tradition passed on to the next generation right in my own kitchen.


Cavetini Supreme Baked Pasta Recipe


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pound small shell pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 pound rotini, cooked
  • 1 1/2 - 2 jars Ragu spaghetti sauce (any flavor)
  • 3 ounces (more or less to taste) pepperoni
  • 2 4 oz can mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon oil and heat. Saute onions and green peppers for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef and sausage and cook until done. Remover from heat and drain.
  3. In a very large bowl gently stir together ground beef mixture, cooked pastas, spaghetti sauce, pepperoni and mushrooms.
  4. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan or very large baking dish. Spread cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and browning.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 5465kcal Calories from fat 2515
% Daily Value
Total Fat 279g 429%
Saturated Fat 111g 555%
Transfat 7g
Cholesterol 807mg 269%
Sodium 11031mg 460%
Carbohydrate 464g 155%
Dietary Fiber 45g 180%
Sugars 93g
Protein 261g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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11 comments on “Cavetini Supreme Baked Pasta Recipe

  1. Sign me up for a big bowl of this! Anything that combines pizza and pasta makes this girl veeeerrrryyy happy! I need to try this! And I even have everything in my pantry right now! Whoop! Thank you so much for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday, hope to see you again this week!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pasta bake. Looks delish! Pinning it!


  3. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty

  4. Yumo! This recipe is making me hungry! Italian is our favorite around here.

  5. Pinned! My daughter is reading your post with me and we both think this looks delicious!

  6. My husband would love this! It would make a great freezer meal.

  7. This sounds nice. Thank you.