Broccoli and Ricotta Cannelloni Recipe

Broccoli and Ricotta Cannelloni Recipes

Ingredients :


450 g

75 g

150 ml

60 ml

225 g

90 ml

30 ml



For the tomato sauce :

30 ml



2 x 400 g

15 ml


5 ml

dried cannelloni tubes, 7.5 cm or 3 in long

broccoli florets

fresh breadcrumbs


olive oil, plus extra for brushing

ricotta cheese

Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

pine nuts, for sprinkling

salt and black pepper

pinch of grated nutmeg


olive oil

onion, finely chopped

garlic clove, crushed

cans chopped tomatoes

tomato purée

black olives, stoned and chopped

dried thyme

Method :
  1. Preheat the oven to 190oC/375oF/Gas 5 and lightly grease an oven proof dish with olive oil.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add a little olive oil and simmer the cannelloni, uncovered, for about 6-7 minutes, or until nearly cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, steam or boil the broccoli for 10 minutes, until tender.
  4. Drain the pasta, rinse under cold water and reserve.
  5. Drain the broccoli and leave to cool, then place in food processor or blender, whizz until smooth and set aside.
  6. Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl, add the milk and oil and stir until softened.
  7. Add the ricotta, broccoli puree, nutmeg, 60ml or 4 tbsp of the Parmesan cheese and seasoning, then set aside.
  8. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onions and garlic.
  9. Fry for 5-6 minutes, until softened, then stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée, black olives, thyme and seasoning.
  10. Boil rapidly for 2 - 3 minutes, then pour into the base of the dish.
  11. Spoon the cheese mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1 cm or 1/2 in nozzle.
  12. Carefully open the cannelloni tubes.
  13. Standing each one upright on a board, pipe the filling into each tube.
  14. Lay them in rows in the tomato sauce.
  15. Brush the tops of the cannelloni with a little olive oil and sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
  16. Bake in the oven for about 25 - 30 minutes, until golden on top.

Serves 4

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