A few weeks ago my girlfriend let me borrow her BeeBo Cavatelli Pasta Makerit was the first time I ever used a machine, all I can say is wow, what a great invention! Update: The one I linked to above is similar to the BeeBo and the one I personally own as of 2012, it also has the wooden rollers.
If you’re crazy about cavatelli, those shell-like ridged noodles that capture and hold the flavor of a sauce so well, then have no fear you can have these made, cooked and on your table in no time at all. I was amazed at just how easy this process was, you simply feed a strip of pasta dough into the machine and turn the handle; the machine does the rest. The rollers send the dough past a drum set with two tiny blades which cut the dough into small pieces and presses them against the drum’s ridged lining. As quick as you can turn the handle is as fast as they come popping out, you’ll have trays of them done before you know it!
If you want to freeze some, leave them individually on the tray as shown above placing the whole tray in the freezer, when completely frozen you can then bag them up, mine took about a half hour to 40 minutes to freeze.
Tossing them into a light marinara sauce is my personal favorite, even my 14 month old granddaughter loved them, I cut them into thirds for her and she gobbled them up!Here’s the food processor method for making the dough