Unique Capellini Pasta Recipes That'll Make Your Mouth Water

Capellini pasta, as the name suggests, is a type of Italian pasta, which is probably the thinnest variety of round pasta you shall come across. There are many simple but mouth-watering capellini pasta preparations that will surely increase your appetite. Take a look.
Like other omnipresent food items like pizza and tomato sauce, Pasta, as we know is also a primary food item in Italian cuisine. Being native to Italy, it has now become a staple preparation around the world. Pasta, is the Italian name for the word "dough". Pasta is made from a dough which consists of flour, water, and/or eggs. Though it can be prepared in different ways, it is usually served with sauce and seasoning. Pasta comes in different shapes and sizes like angel hair or capellini, macaroni, spaghetti, etc. Capellini or angel hair pasta strands are long and thin, and are usually cooked in light sauces. The strands can be broken into half and used in soups and stir-fry meals. Here are some exotic capellini pasta recipes for you to try out.

Capellini Primavera

This is a great and light dish for warm weather, which also tastes great if grilled chicken is added to the pasta.

Meal type: Dinner; Total Time: 25 minutes; Serves: 4
capellini primavera

Ingredients
  • Capellini, 1 lb. (fresh, cooked)
  • Broccoli florets, 12 oz. (in 1-inch pieces)
  • Mushrooms, 8 oz. (sliced)
  • Water, 1½ cup
  • Onion, 1½ cup (chopped)
  • Yellow squash, 1¼ cups (thinly-sliced and halved)
  • Tomatoes, 1¼ cup (crushed in purée)
  • Carrots, ¾ cup (julienne)
  • Parmesan cheese, ½ cup (grated)
  • Oil-pack sun-dried tomatoes, ¼ cup (ground)
  • Butter, ¼ lb.
  • Beef bouillon granules, 1 tbsp.
  • Parsley,1 tbsp. (fresh, finely chopped)
  • Garlic, 1 tsp. (ground)
  • Red pepper flakes, ⅛ tsp. (crushed)
  • Oregano, ½ tsp.
  • Rosemary, ¼ tsp. (ground)
Directions
In an oven, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté onions, carrots, and broccoli for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, squash, and garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Now put the remaining ingredients in it and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes until all vegetables are tender and flavors are blended well. Serve over cooked capellini and sprinkle cheese on it. Maggi noodles can also be used as a substitute for capellini in this recipe.


Capellini Pomodoro
(Capellini with Tomato Sauce)

Sometimes we want a simple and easy-to-make but delicious dish to prepare. This is the perfect recipe with 309.9 calories and 17 g of proteins to opt for in such a case.

Meal Type: Dinner; Total Time: 15 minutes; Serves: 4
capellini pomodoro

Ingredients
  • Plum tomatoes, 2 lb. (seeded and diced)
  • Fresh basil, 1 oz. (ground)
  • Capellini, 12 oz. (cooked)
  • Parmesan cheese, 3 oz.
  • Garlic cloves, 2 (ground)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup
  • Black pepper, ¼ tsp.
Directions
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Now add garlic to it and keep on cooking it, until the garlic is white and tender. Add tomatoes and pepper. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes. Till then, prepare the pasta according to the packet instructions. After the tomato sauce is ready, turn off the heat and toss it with the pasta. Now pour the pasta in a bowl and serve it with basil leaves and Parmesan cheese.


Capelli D'Angelo Roma
(Capellini with Peas and Prosciutto)

The specialty of this preparation is that though it has a taste of tomato sauce, it is not heavy and is completely balanced with peas and prosciutto.

Meal type: Dinner; Total Time: 25 minutes; Serves: 3-4
capellini D'Angelo Roma

Ingredients
  • Capellini, 1 lb.
  • Mushrooms, 12 oz. (sliced)
  • Prosciutto, 4 oz. (cut into strips)
  • San Marzano tomatoes, 2 cups (crushed)
  • Heavy cream, 2 cups
  • Chicken stock, 2 cups
  • Baby peas, 1 cup (sweet variety)
  • Olive oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Garlic and Onion, ½ tsp. (granulated)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Romano cheese, 1 cup (grated), plus more to serve with the dish
Directions
In a saucepan, add olive oil and mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms till they become tender. Add the crushed tomatoes to the mushrooms and boil it for a 2-3 minutes. Now, when the mixture is boiling steadily, add the chicken stock and heavy cream. Now add Romano cheese, granulated garlic and onion, and black pepper. Before turning down the heat, see to it that everything has been mixed properly. Now, let it boil for 8-10 minutes. By doing so, the mixture will become thick like a sauce. When it is done, stop the heat. Now, cook the pasta, as per directions on the packet. Till then, heat the tomato sauce again while adding prosciutto and peas and serve. Note that if the sauce becomes too thick, then add stock and cream to it.


Capellini Al Gamberetti
(Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp)

A tasty combination of shrimp, pasta, artichokes, and mushrooms in a garlic tomato sauce, this recipe contains about 25.2 g of proteins, which is highly nutritious.

Meal Type: Dinner; Total Time: 20 minutes; Serves: 4
capellini al gamberetti

Ingredients
  • Shrimp, 1 lb. (large, peeled, and deveined)
  • Capellini, ½ lb. (cooked in salted water)
  • Mushrooms, ½ lb. (sliced)
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup (diced)
  • Jarred artichokes, 1 cup (drained)
  • Olive oil, 6 tbsp.
  • Fresh parsley, 1 tbsp. (finely chopped)
  • Garlic cloves, 4 (thinly sliced)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper (freshly ground)
Directions
In a fry-pan, add olive oil, shrimp, and garlic and heat it over medium-high heat. Cook and stir it for 2 minutes. See to it that the shrimp becomes opaque. Then add mushrooms, artichokes, and tomatoes. Cook till the mushrooms become tender. While doing so, cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet. When the pasta is ready, serve it with the shrimp. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh parsley.


Capellini with Broccoli Cream Sauce

Though high in calories (822), this recipe contains 40.6 g of proteins and 4.8 g of dietary fibers. The cholesterol content is low (158.3 mg). So no need to worry!

Meal Type: Dinner; Total Time: 10 minutes; Serves: 6
capellini with broccoli cream sauce

Ingredients
  • Broccoli, 1½ lbs.
  • Capellini or coil vermicelli, 10 oz. (cooked)
  • Parmesan cheese, 2 cups (freshly grated)
  • Heavy cream, 2 cups
  • Butter, 6 tbsp.
  • Nutmeg, ¼ tsp. (ground)
Directions
In a frying pan, add broccoli in ⅓ cup water and boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes and set the florets aside. Add cream and nutmeg to the pan; bring it to boil. Now reduce the heat and add 1½ Parmesan cheese, stir well. Remove from the heat and add pasta to the cream sauce. Toss the pasta until it gets completely coated with the sauce. Transfer the pasta onto a serving plate and add broccoli florets to it. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over it and serve.

You can add other chopped veggies of your choice to this dish, like carrots, red chilies, bell pepper of various colors. It will not only add to the visual appeal of the dish, the nutrition quotient will go up as well.


Capellini with Chive Blossoms and Crème Fraîche

This recipe is a perfect blend of sourness and richness in taste due to caviar and crème fraîche combination.

Meal Type: Dinner; Total Time: 20 minutes; Serves: 4-6
capellini with chive blossoms and crème fraîche

Ingredients
  • Capellini, ½ lb.
  • Whitefish caviar, 4 oz.
  • Crème fraîche, 1 cup
  • Chive blossoms, ¼ cups (ground), plus more for garnish
  • Chives, ¼ cups (fresh and ground), plus more for garnish
  • Butter, 1 tbsp. (unsalted)
  • Lemon juice, 1-2 tsp.
  • Egg, 1 (hard-boiled, yolk and white separated)
  • Coarse salt
  • Black pepper (freshly ground)
Directions
Add ¾ cups crème fraîche, the chive blossoms, chives, and lemon juice in a pot and stir it. Cook pasta as directed and drain it. Preserve ¾ cup of the pasta water as you will need it further. After that, add the butter and crème fraîche mixture to the pasta and toss it. Also, add the preserved pasta water to make the sauce and then add salt and pepper to taste. Plate the pasta and garnish it with caviar and crème fraîche. Spread egg white and yolk on the pasta and serve.


Meatballs with Capellini

Bored of the same old typical red sauce pasta recipe? Then this is the perfect dish without the red sauce and something that goes well with toasted garlic rolls.

Meal Type: Dinner; Total Time: 25 minutes; Serves: 4
meatballs with capellini

Ingredients
For meatballs
  • Organic beef, 1 lb. (ground)
  • Shallot, 1 (small, ground)
  • Garlic clove, 1 (large, chopped)
  • Ciabatta bread crumbs, ½ cup (fresh)
  • Heavy cream, ¼ cup
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, ¼ cup (freshly grated)
  • Tomato paste, 1½ tbsp. (double concentrated)
  • Madeira wine, 1 tbsp.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Egg, 1
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste (freshly ground)
For pasta
  • Capellini, 1 lb. (cooked)
  • Heavy cream, 1 cup
  • Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup
  • Butter, 2 tbsp.
  • White truffle oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste (freshly ground)
  • Oregano leaves, for garnish
Directions
In a pan, sauté the shallot and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Allow it to cool and add all meatball ingredients and mix well. Scoop into 2 oz. meatballs. Now place the meatballs on a sheet pan. In a preheated oven, bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes at 350° F. Remove from the oven once done. To keep them warm, cover the meatballs with a foil. In a saucepan, melt the butter over high heat and add heavy cream. When the cream starts to boil and turn thick, turn off the heat. Add Parmesan cheese to the cream and softly mix the cream sauce and the truffle oil with the pasta; season with salt and pepper. To assemble, transfer a pile of pasta in the middle of the plate and put the meatballs around it. Garnish with small or torn oregano leaves and serve.


So these were some capellini pasta recipes to be used for the Primi Piatti (first course) or the Pasta course (as called in Italy). Capellini can be served with any type of sauce, depending upon the consistency of the condiment. You can surely try out the above recipes and add your flavors to it. Go on, be experimental.