Note: The recipe calls for Ricotta Cheese, but my kids don't like the taste so I substituted Mozzarella instead. If you like Ricotta, then go ahead with it.
Olive Oil - 2 Tbsp
Canneloni Tubes - 12
Broccoli Florets - 4 Cups
Bread Crumbs - 1 and 1/2 Cup
Milk - 2/3 cup
Olive Oil for brushing -- as needed
Mozzarella Cheese - 1 cup
Nutmeg - a pinch
Parmesan or Pecorino - 6 Tbsp
Pine Nuts - 2 Tbsp
Freshly ground Black Pepper
For Tomato Sauce
Olive Oil - 2 Tbsp
Onion (large) - finely chopped
Garlic Clove -1 Crushed
14oz can of chopped tomatoes- 2
Tomato Paste - 1 Tbsp
Black Olives - 4 (chopped)
Dried Thyme - 1 Tsp
Make the Broccoli Stuffing
---> Steam / Boil the Broccoli until tender but not mushy. and let cool
---> In a food processor, process Broccoli until smooth.
---> Place bread crumbs in bowl, add milk and oil and stir until soft, add the cheese, broccoli puree, nutmeg, and grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Make the Sauce
--->Heat oil in a frying pan, add onions and garlic, cook for 5 to 6 mins until soft, stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, black olives and thyme. Add Salt and pepper to season and boil for 2 to 3 mins and pour in to oven dish. (leave some to pour on top of the pasta)
Cook the Pasta
---> Bring a large pot water to boil, add olive oil, salt to it. Once it comes to rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
---> Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to prevent from sticking.
Stuff the Pasta
---> Spoon the broccoli mixture in to a pastry tube or a Ziploc bag (with a hole cut in) and fill in the cannelloni tubes, standing each one to upright, Do Not Overfill.
---> Preheat to 375 deg F. Lightly grease one big oven proof dish with olive oil (big enough to hold all the tubes)---> Lay the tubes in the dish over the sauce , Brush the top of pasta with olive oil,and pour some sauce over the pasta, and sprinkle pine nuts. You can sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top too.
--->Bake it for 25 to 30 mins until golden.
and Serve it HOT !!!