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Cavatappi are thick, corkscrew shaped tubes of pasta, that are usually ridged as well on their outsides.
They hold chunky sauces well, and are also good in baked pasta dishes.
In North America, it is often sold labelled as “Scoobi doo” pasta, for reasons unclear.
Cavatappi is very good for cold salads such as tuna pasta, etc, as the shape captures and holds small bits of chopped onion, celery, etc.
1 cup dry cavatappi (scoobi doo) pasta = 75 g ( 2.6 oz) dry = 2 cups, cooked = 225 g (8 oz), cooked
4 cups dry cavatappi (scoobi doo) pasta = 300 g (10.5 oz) dry = 8 cups, cooked = 900 g (32 oz), cooked
“Cavatappi” means “tap extractor”, i.e “corkscrew.”
Aka “cellentani”, “spirali.”