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Old 07-20-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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Stuffed Shells - Without preboiling them

Wish me luck, I'm trying this for the first time! I don't know where I read it, but they said to prepare the past a dish with plenty of tomato sauce in the pan, and let it sit overnight in it.

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Old 07-20-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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Good luck is right. I tried it once. It comes out okay but different consistency. The pasta shell seems more firm and chewy. Just my take. You may love it.
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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I saw a martha stewart episode with guest Alan Alda. He was showing her some of his favorite recipes when he travelled to Italy. He mixed uncooked ziti with about 3/4 cup of olive oil. Let it sit for about 45 minutes. Then mix with crushed tomatoes, salt , pepper and bake about ( i dont remember ) Then add parmesan cheese.

I was skeptical, but tried it. It was actually pretty good ( and easy)

But as mentioned above, the consistency was different. A little chewier/ rubberier ( if thats a word). But definitely a different take on baked ziti .

Never tried it with shells. I know there are some lasagna recipes that do it that way.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:00 PM   #4
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Is cooking the pasta that big of a deal that you have to settle for chewy and rubbery shells?
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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Honestly, I kinda liked the rubbery feel in that Alan Alda ziti dish. Im not saying I would shoot for that every time, but as a variation, i kinda liked it, and I make once or twice a year.
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I think unless your shells are totally immersed in sauce with enough liquid for them to absorb I don't see it working.
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:12 PM   #7
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it's for dinner tonite, and so far so good except for the fact that i couldn't get all the mixture into each shell.
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...i couldn't get all the mixture into each shell.

Another drawback of using uncooked shells...
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:29 PM   #9
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So, at 9:28pm EDT, what is the verdict?
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So, at 9:28pm EDT, what is the verdict?
They're still cooking

I'm curious too - how did they turn out???
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