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This is one of my favorite meals. Cavatelli with vodka sauce. My friend introduced this lovely pasta to me a few years ago when we had a girls night at a random Italian restaurant in Oak Park. We didn’t know what we were going to do, or where we were going to go… so we ended up taking the train to Oak Park and came across this quaint little Italian restaurant where the food was excellent. The bummer is, I can’t even remember the name! I keep saying over and over again that I want to go back.

I had a hard time finding cavatelli pasta in the grocery store. If you are not familiar with it, the pasta resembles the denseness of gnocchi, but the size of a small penne. When a store carries it, you can find it in the frozen food aisle. I finally found it at a fresh market across the street from work. They must’ve just started carrying it, because I’ve looked there many times before!!

My favorite sauce to eat with it is vodka sauce with some fresh parmesan. The best vodka sauce I’ve found so far is from Trader Joes. It’s a pretty inexpensive meal, because it’s filling. Just find a veggie to serve along with some good bread, and you’re set!

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  1. MrsPresley says:

    interesting – i’ve never heard of this particular pasta, now i’m curious :) i wish we had a TJs near us! i’m so jealous

  2. I’m jealous of your Trader Joes. I don’t want to hear it!

    I love pasta so very much.

  3. kitchenettejen says:

    I love TJ’s sauces!! We’re a fan of their pizza sauce, too. Actually, we love just about everything from Trader Joe’s. =)

  4. I really like cavatelli, too! And, I’ve been wondering about that TJ’s Vodka Sauce for quite a while…

    After reading about how delicious it is, I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

    Thanks :)

  5. Denise Eiswirth says:

    Oh Nikki that is my favorite restaurant! I dream about their cavatelli. ERik and I used to frequent it when we lived in Oak Park. The restaurant starts with a T but it has been soooooo long that it’s name slips my mind now.

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