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The Daring Cook’s June 2012: Cannelloni

on June 15, 2012

Cannelloni A La Pesto

Cannelloni A La Pesto

Well look who decided to show up!?!?! Yup, it’s us! I know we have been gone a loooooong time, but we have been super busy adjusting to being pregnant and having another bundle of joy on the way. Right now we are about, I THINK, 1.5months – 2months pregnant…mommy has been really tired, and found the strength to make this daring challenge. The cannelloni were awesome, we have baked ziti this week, so mommy wanted to try a pesto sauce instead! AND BOY was it great…I ate a whole one all by myself, well mommy feed it to me! The recipe we used wasn’t on the site, there was a pesto recipe, but it didn’t include meat; and mommy needs meat in her dishes (the baby is making her appetite weird!) So we will post the original recipe from the site at the bottom of our recipe. This altered recipe pairs really well with apple juice, what I’m 2yrs old I can’t drink liquor!

We will also be posting a recipe for an awesome sweet challenge in the next few days.

For these cannelloni, you are supposed to use fresh pasta, and we did…but we have made these plenty of time before and used wonton wrappers or lasagna noodles…they will be smaller if you used the noodles and the wrappers are great to save time, but making fresh pasta is always the best…just makes you feel proud that you made pasta from scratch! Well to me it does! I let me pasta sit in the fridge  after making it…keeps it moist and won’t get brittle while you are trying to figure out what to fill it with.

Ingredients (what we used

2lbs ground turkey (you can use beef or pork…mommy eats healthy so turkey!)

8oz heavy cream

16oz pesto (you can make it fresh or buy it…since i made the pasta, i bought the pesto!)

2tsp italian seasoning (1tsp basil, 1tsp parsley)

1tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic)

1tsp onion powder (or 1/2 medium onion)

Cannelloni Ingredients

(to make enough cannelloni for 4 persons): (we used this and also added 1/2 more to the recipe!)

100 grams (2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons) (170 ml) (3½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour

1 large egg

Pasta Directions:

  1. Put the flour and eggs in a food processor and mix. When the dough looks like crumbs, pour it onto the bench top sprinkled with a little flour. Knead well by hand until you obtain a smooth dough. Make it into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Now you are ready to make your egg pasta. Cut out a piece of egg pasta dough and flatten it into a rectangular shape with your hands. Put a little flour on it and begin passing it though the pasta machine. Turn the dial to the widest setting (#1) and, starting with one of the shorter sides of the rectangle, feed it through the rollers. Now fold one side of the piece of dough into the middle, then fold the other side over that to form 3 layers. Starting with one of the narrower sides of the folded dough, feed the pasta through the machine, again at the widest setting. Repeat the folding and rolling technique on the widest setting for at least a couple of times.
  3. Now you can start rolling it thinner, by turning the dial to the next narrowest setting (# 2). Roll the pasta through the machine without folding the dough between settings. Keep reducing the settings until #7 (it is the second last on my machine – about 1 mm thick). If the sheet of pasta gets too long, you can cut it in half with a knife. To make cannelloni, cut out rectangular pasta sheets (10×15 cm) (4”x6”).

Filling Directions:

  1. Start by browning the meat, if you are using fresh garlic and onion, the brown them also in this step.
  2. Add the Italian seasonings, salt and pepper and let cook for an additional 2-3min.
  3. Let the meat mix cool and add the ricotta and taste to see if you need more seasoning.
  4. While the filling is cooling, in a shallow pan…boil water for the pasta sheets. Once water boils, add one sheet at a time and let it cook for about 1min. This will help the noodles be tender when cooked and not doughy! Let them noodles cool and let’s start rolling.
  5. By now everything should be cool enough to start working with it! Preheat your oven to 350F.
  6. Take a tablespoon and fill the dough with the filling, fold over and place into your baking pan.
  7. Cover the finished cannelloni with the pesto sauce and place into the over for 20-25min.  Add more cheese on top and broil for 5min. Then you’re finished!

Hope you make this recipe and I hope you enjoy it! As promised here int eh original pesto recipe from the site…enjoy the gallery

CANNELLONI AL PESTO

Ingredients (serves 4)
Cannelloni sheets per recipe above (you should have about 8 sheets)

For pesto (makes about 190 gms/ 1cup)
2 cups (480 ml) (80 gm) (2¾ oz) basil, washed
¼ cup (60 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) parsley, washed
1 small clove garlic
3 tablespoons (45 ml) (25 gm) (¾ oz) Pecorino Romano, finely grated
1 tablespoons (15 ml) (10 gm) (¼ oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
4 to 5 tablespoons (45 to 60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
½ tablespoon (12½ ml) (5 gm) pine nuts
Salt to taste

For the filling 
2 cups (480 ml) (500 gm) (18 oz) ricotta
¾ cup (180 ml) (150 gm) (5⅓oz) pesto (from the above recipe)
1½ cups (360 ml) (85 gm/3 oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
1 pinch nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small potato, boiled and sliced
8 green beans, boiled

To assemble
2 cups (500 ml) béchamel sauce
¼ cup (60 ml) (40 gm) (1½ oz) of pesto (from the above recipe)
½ cup (120 ml) (35 gm/1 oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

Directions:

  1. Start by making pesto. Simply blend the garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil, parsley and half the extra virgin olive oil together (I use a hand blender to do this) until obtaining a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl, add the grated cheeses and the remaining extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Adjust salt to taste and cover it with a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil to prevent oxidation. Keep it aside.
  2. To make the filling, mix the ricotta, ¾ cup (150 gm) of pesto, 1½ cups (85 gm/3 oz) of Parmigiano Reggiano, nutmeg, salt and pepper together until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Mix the béchamel sauce with the remaining pesto.
  4. Put a large pot with salty water on the fire and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta sheets in it for 1 minute. Do this in batches (I use a shallow but large pot and I cook them in 1 layer, so I am sure they do not stick together). Remove them with a slotted spoon and put them on a clean tea towel to cool down.
  5. Now take one sheet of cooked pasta and put 1/8 of the filling along the long side of the rectangle. Put 1 boiled green bean and 1 or 2 slices of boiled potatoes on top and roll the pasta over to make a cannellone. Do so for the remaining rectangles of pasta.
  6. Take a big enough oven dish to fit all your cannelloni tightly. Spray the oven dish with some cooking oil (or melted butter) and pour some béchamel and pesto sauce on the bottom. Spread it well, especially in the corners. Put the cannelloni in the oven dish on 1 layer.
  7. Cover the cannelloni with the béchamel and pesto sauce and sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup (120 ml) (35 gm/1 oz) of Parmigiano Reggiano.
  8. Bake them in a pre-heated moderate oven 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes, then broil (grill) them at 400°F/200°C for another 5 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.

 

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