Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
cover photo.

Italian Braciole Recipe (Stuffed Beef with Sauce)

Italian Braciole Recipe (Stuffed Beef with Sauce) is a cozy and comforting meal made of thinly sliced steak stuffed with Italian herbs, two kinds of cheese, prosciutto, and breadcrumbs. The beef roll is slow-cooked in red wine and a rich tomato sauce. It's a specialty of Southern Italy. This recipe will become an Italian favorite in your home!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak
  • 1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated provolone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian basil
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups Sugo al Pomodoro

Optional add-ins to the breadcrumb mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons raisins

Instructions

  1. Prepare the sugo al pomodoro sauce and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together bread crumbs, garlic, cheese, parsley, and basil until combined. Add half the olive oil (2 tablespoons)—season the mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Lay the flank steak flat on a wooden board or clean work surface. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Place one piece between two sheets of parchment paper. With a rolling pin or meat mallet, pound the meat to flatten it to about 1/4 inch thickness—  season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the steak to cover the meat. Add slices of prosciutto over the pounded beef and breadcrumb mixture to cover evenly.
  5. Starting at the short end, roll up the steak (like a jelly roll) to seal the filling. Using butcher's twine, tie the steak roll to secure it (I usually secure it in 4 spots). 
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet, or cast iron pan, over medium heat. Add the braciole to the pan and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  8. Add the wine to the pan and scrape all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring it to a boil for about 1 minute. Stir in the prepared tomato sauce. Cover partially with foil or an oven-safe lid, and bake until the meat is almost tender. Baste the braciole with the sauce every 30 minutes.
  9. After 1 hour, uncover and continue baking until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer. The total cooking time should be about 90 minutes total. You can braise the meat for up to 3 hours. If cooking longer, ensure the sauce doesn't reduce too much, and add a little beef broth if needed. 
  10. Let the braciole rest for 15 minutes. Remove the butcher's twine from the braciole. Remove the braciole from the sauce. Cut the braciole crosswise and diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices using a large sharp knife. Transfer the slices to plates. Spoon the sauce over and serve. Enjoy with ciabatta bread to soak up the sauce. 

Notes

Top tips

  • Sear the braciole on all sides before baking in the oven. The browned braciole layer will help seal the juices when baking it in the tomato sauce.
  • Use good quality butcher's twine to secure the beef roll and ensure it doesn't fall apart when braising in the oven.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: main course, braciole, beef, Italian beef recipe, involtini