One-Pot Recipe: Cavatelli and Bean Pasta

An easy winter recipe that will help warm your body and soul.

One-Pot Recipe: Cavatelli and Bean Pasta

When you’re pregnant or a new mom, there’s two qualities that make for a good dinner, especially when you’re doing the cooking: it must be hearty, and it must be easy enough to fit into one pot. We guarantee your winter nights will be warmed by this mouth-watering one-pot recipe from Audrey Snyder, the talented chef at Good Eggs, an online farmer’s market-slash-grocery delivery service with locally sourced produce, pastured eggs, grass-fed meats, seafood, dairy products, baked goods and more. Happy (easy) cooking!

One-pot Cavatelli and Bean Pasta

(serves 4)

- 1 bag of cavatelli pasta (we love Sfoglini pasta, made in Brooklyn!)


- 2 tbs olive oil

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped

- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes or 1 can of preserved tomatoes (whole or cubed), or any combination of your choice

- 1 1/2 cup prepared beans of your choice (e.g., cannellini, pinto, kidney, navy)

- 1/2 lemon

- 1/4 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley

- Salt to taste

- A couple sprigs of fresh thyme, stripped and crushed


  1. In a medium soup pot or larger sauce pan bring water to boil, cook pasta until just slightly under al dente. (Sfoglini cooks in about 5-8 minutes, so cook for 5 minutes).
  2. Drain water, leaving pasta in the pot.
  3. Add olive oil and heat. When oil is glossy, add garlic and onion then sauté (with the pasta still in the pot) until softened. Add in thyme and your tomato then heat gently. The saucy-ness is up to you; for a drier sauce, add less liquid or only sun-dried tomatoes. If you want something more stew-like, add more tomato purée.
  4. Add beans and stir until pasta and beans are evenly coated and heated. If your beans are softer they will start to break down and make a creamy sauce. If you want the beans to stay intact, stir less and use firmer beans.
  5. Squeeze in juice from half a lemon, add more if it needs more acidity. Salt to taste and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Optional additions:

  • Add a salty hard cheese such as pecorino or parmesan, or a creamy goat cheese.
  • For more protein, finish by mixing in a jar of tuna, leftover sausage or chicken.
  • And for a spicier version, add a sprinkle of dried chili flakes when sautéing garlic and onions.

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Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

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1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

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The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

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