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Old 11-14-2005, 07:15 AM   #1
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Cannelloni

well tonight was a disaster...i was feeling all excited abt making canelloni pasta for the first time and had great expectations, but when i took the pasta out it was still very hard an not edible hence we had to throw it out and eat leftovers from the fridge.
can someone tell me what i did wrong as i followed the recipe but it didnt come out right.
the recipe said not to cook the past tubes but merely to place them in a dish and pour white sauce,( even though i rarely make white sauce and sprinkled cheese instead, i always do that so thats not the problem)
is it possible to make cannelloni without cooking beforehand

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Old 11-14-2005, 08:56 AM   #2
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Dried pasta of any type requires cooking before consuming.

The dried pasta dishes which have not required pre-boiling pasta have all specificed that the pasta be cooked in the oven after combining with other ingredients such as lasagna or casseroles.

I can imaging that trying to eat uncooked pasta was less than pleasant.

Perhaps the recipe called for fresh pasta and not dried. Fresh pasta is now very very popular and very much available in even large chain groceries.
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Old 11-14-2005, 10:14 AM   #3
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If you used a dried version of pasta, you need to check on the instruction on the package. Certain dried pasta can be cooked in the oven directly but not all of them, and if they are for this purpose it should say so on the cooking instruction on the packagae. If not you should boil it not all the way, but just to the point it is flexible but a little too tough to eat as is. (the following baking process will take care of that). If you go through this process you need to make the cannelloni as soon as the pasta is safe enough to touch, otherwise they will stick to each other and become unmanageable. In any case I would suggest using fresh pasta for cannelloni, they are definetely to be baked without preboiling, and taste better... good luck for the next time!!
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Old 11-14-2005, 10:59 AM   #4
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Marissa, can you show us the recipe?

Yes, you can bake uncooked pasta (i.e. lasagna, ziti), but you need to add enough sauce and sometimes add water to the sauce, and cover the dish so it will make enough steam/heat to cook the pasta through. I have some example recipes I can give you some links to.
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:14 AM   #5
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Hi marissa, by coincidence I got a "recipe" for canelloni wrappers from a Marissa. Her mom used to cook our family wonderful Italian meals for our family when I was growing up.

Although I don't have exact proportions for the ingredients it has always come out great when I have made it and is very easy. Just beat up flour, egg, and milk into a thin pancake batter mixture and fry like a pancake. They should come out like thin pancakes. You can then add your filling and roll it up.

Very easy and very tasty!
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:21 AM   #6
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Here are some easy examples of no-cook/no-boil pasta recipes:

http://www.eat.com/recipes/DisplayRe...5271&Version=1

I think the trick here is over 2 lbs of sauce was added to have enough liquid to cook the noodles. I don't know how it would translate for a white sauce, unless you use a jarred sauce, perhaps.

Here 2 lbs of sauce plus water was added:

http://www.eat.com/recipes/DisplayRe...4504&Version=1
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:03 PM   #7
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the recipe said not to cook the past tubes but merely to place them in a dish and pour white sauce,( even though i rarely make white sauce and sprinkled cheese instead, i always do that so thats not the problem)
I'm not really clear if you made a white sauce or just used cheese.

Mish is right,you need a liquid,and for most of these pasta recipes it's generally a tomato or white sauce (Bechamel)If the tubes were submerged in a sauce,then you didn't cook them long enough.If you did use a sauce was the sauce preheated or cold?If cold then quite a bit of the instructed cooking time was taken up just to get the sauce hot,just a possibility.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:40 AM   #8
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no i've never used white sauce, i always use cheese by itself...i made it once and failed badly so i never tried again.
does it add lots more flavour?

and in regards to the recipe i'll type it up later my scanner isnt workin at the moment and its in a book

the brand of the pasta was barilla i think and it had a recipe on the pack which didnt call for the pasta to be boiled either so i thought it would work

the recipe called for dried pasta...dumb question, but is that the regular pasta u buy off the shelf in packets?
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no i've never used white sauce, i always use cheese by itself...i made it once and failed badly so i never tried again.
does it add lots more flavour?

and in regards to the recipe i'll type it up later my scanner isnt workin at the moment and its in a book

the brand of the pasta was barilla i think and it had a recipe on the pack which didnt call for the pasta to be boiled either so i thought it would work

the recipe called for dried pasta...dumb question, but is that the regular pasta u buy off the shelf in packets?
In your case I bet the problem was the lack of moisture. If you are not comfortable with white sauce (do you mean bechamelle? and what exactly was the problem?) you could try quattro formaggi (4 cheese) sauce, or regular tomato based sauce as well, but in any case the pasta should be well covered with the sauce, then bake it covered first, and for the last few minutes, take off the cover, sprinkle grated parmigiano and broil until the cheese is golden brown. If you are interested and tell me exactly how you would like it, I could send you a detailed recipe. I hope it will work out well for you the next time!!
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:21 AM   #10
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Dry pasta is the pasta you buy on the shelf, as opposed to REFRIGERATED or FRESH pasta, in the refrigerated section. If you just cover dry pasta with cheese, the noodles will not cook and burn.
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