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    Hi.. I am making a spinach and ricotta cannelloni tonight and the recipe says to use a tablespoon of fresh chopped basil. I only have the gourmet garden basil paste.. What would be the correct amount to use of this, can anyone tell me? (The tube says a tbs of the paste is equivalent to a third of a bunch of fresh basil. ) Yes I know, a basic ques lol, but I want this meal to be perfect!
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    Default Recipe help please!

    A tablespoon would only be a few leaves chopped but I always say you can't have too much basil in pasta!

    I would put in half a tablespoon of the paste stuff and mix it then taste it to see if it needs more or if it were me I'd run down to the fruit shop and buy some fresh basil if you really want it to taste great! ( plus you can sprinkle some over the top before serving)

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddysmama View Post
    Hi.. I am making a spinach and ricotta cannelloni tonight and the recipe says to use a tablespoon of fresh chopped basil. I only have the gourmet garden basil paste.. What would be the correct amount to use of this, can anyone tell me? (The tube says a tbs of the paste is equivalent to a third of a bunch of fresh basil. ) Yes I know, a basic ques lol, but I want this meal to be perfect!
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    I'd suggest putting it in a bit at a time and just keep tasting it until it's right. Just like on Masterchef.

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    Default Recipe help please!

    Isn't the tube just chopped basil anyway? So if the recipe says a tbs of fresh chopped basil you'd use a tbs of the tube stuff?

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    Be careful of adding too much as I think those tube herbs have loads of salt and you don't want to ruin your cannelloni !

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    Default Recipe help please!

    Oooooh thanks guys.. I'm thinking of running to get the fresh stuff.. I'm hopeless and likely to stuff it lol

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    I'd go get fresh just because it'll have a totally different texture and taste. The paste is a bit... well... pasty. It also doesn't totally taste like basil on its own, because it's got a bunch of other things in it. Good for sauces and stuff, but I think for canneloni it might be better to get some fresh.

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    Default Recipe help please!

    I think it would be fine as the recipe calls fr such a small amount, but if you want a PERFECT dish go and get some fresh stuff.

    The tubes aren't too bad, a hell of a lot better than substituting with dried basil, which I know lots of people would do. Yuck.


 

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