Close-up photo of orange cavatelli in a white bowl topped with ricotta and dill.

Carrot Cavatelli with Dill and Ricotta

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stove-top




Pasta Dough

¾ cup white whole wheat flour

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons carrot juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pasta Topping

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 garlic clove, minced

23 tablespoons ricotta

Zest from one lemon

¼ cup dill, divided

Salt + pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons toasted pistachios


Place the flour on a clean surface. Make a well in the center and add the carrot juice and olive oil. Using a fork, slowly incorporate the flour. Once the dough comes together, switch to using your hands and begin kneading the dough. Scrape any loose flour to the side. As you knead, add a bit more flour when the dough feels sticky. Continue kneading until the dough is no longer sticky and smooth; about 8 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

Once the dough has rested, cut off a ½” thick slice, roll between your hands and on the counter to form a rope that is about the same thickness as a pencil. Using a knife or bench scraper, cut ½” pieces then take each piece and shape on the counter or a gnocchi board. This is done by press down and forward at the same time. It might take a bit to get the pressure right, but practice will help.

Bring a salty pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender and floating towards the top. Strain out the pasta and save a bit of pasta water if needed for the sauce.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add two tablespoons of butter. Let melt then add the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the drained pasta, ricotta, lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons worth of dill. Toss until well combined and add salt/pepper to taste. Top with the pistachios and extra dill before serving.



Pasta: If you want to use store-bough pasta, cook up about 5 ounces worth of pasta.

Flour: I used white wheat because that’s what I had on hand. Any other high-protein flour will work in this recipe. Durum is traditional for no-egg pasta because the protein holds it together. If you want to use a low-protein flour, eggs are a must.

Keywords: carrot cavatelli