Beef Braciole (Italian Beef Rolls)

Dinner | October 24, 2016 | By

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Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.There’s nothing fancy about my wardrobe ~ jeans, tee shirts, warm, comfy sweaters and this time of year, cute boots. But there are two things I am a total snob about. One is nachos (they must be loaded!), the other is pasta sauce which should always taste like the vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic and basil used in it were picked at just the right time from the nearest farm.

I’m already a fan of Prego Farmers’ Market® sauces. Awhile back I shared my 20 Minute Asparagus Tortellini Marinara recipe featuring Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce. Today, the heat is blasting inside and the wind is whipping outside so I’m going slow cooker, comfort food all the way with Beef Braciole (Italian Beef Rolls) ~ thin slices of sirloin filled with a delicious mix of seasoned breadcrumbs, two kinds of cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled tightly then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® Classic Marinara. The aroma alone will make your mouth water.

Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

If you were a fan of the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond you may remember the episode where Debra made a better Braciole, pronounced brah-chee-oh-luh, than her mother-in-law, Marie. Even Ray can’t believe it but when Marie finds out, it’s war. Yikes.

This isn’t Debra’s recipe but it really is over the top delicious. It’s simplified using a slow cooker and Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce. The sauce, outrageously good on its own, somehow becomes even tastier by slow cooker magic. One trip to Walmart for all the ingredients with my coupon and I was ready to start cooking.

Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce and pasta in the same aisle at Walmart. ⇓Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

All the fresh ingredients ~ cheeses, vegetables and herbs were right in the produce department. I grabbed a nice loaf of bakery bread from the Walmart bakery, too. Couldn’t pass it up!

Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

This meal isn’t difficult to make but it feels elevated ~ almost gourmet, but because it’s made in the slow cooker, it’s ideal for any night of the week and it’s comfort food the whole family can enjoy.

The addition of fresh herbs and cheeses make this Beef Braciole (Italian Beef Rolls) burst with flavor ~ from the two-cheese bread stuffing inside to the tender, flavored beef outside, topped with one of life’s simple pleasures, Classic Marinara. I even added some fresh spinach to the stuffing blend for an extra punch of vitamins. If you have picky eaters, shhhh ~ they’ll never know!

Let’s talk about the ingredients:

  • 1 pound of sirloin or top round steak pounded or sliced very thin
  • Olive oil
  • ¼ cup of onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach rough chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Kitchen twine or toothpicks
  • 4 slices of Prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup of Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of mozzarella, grated
  •  ½ cup of beef stock
  • 1 jar of Prego Farmers’ Market® Sauce **see below
  • 6 ounces of Pasta, cooked al dente

Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

I made this Beef Braciole (Italian Beef Rolls) using Classic Marinara Prego Market® sauce but the other two varieties, Roasted Garlic and Tomato & Basil would be amazing too. The taste of these sauces brings us all a little closer to the farm.

If you have a good butcher, you can have him/her slice the beef thinly for you. If not, a meat mallet does the trick and is a good way to work out any frustrations!Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

Trim any excess fat from the edge of the beef then pound it very thin starting with the center and working to the edges. Cut the beef into individual pieces slightly larger than palm-size. Season with salt and pepper.

In a skillet over medium heat, drizzle about one tablespoon of olive oil then add the onions cooking for a minute or two until they soften, stirring frequently.

Fold in the grated garlic and spinach, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes until the spinach is wilted, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t burn. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and blend in the parsley, breadcrumbs, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, egg and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

Divide the stuffing mixture in the bowl into equal parts for each braciole. Lay a single slice of prosciutto cut to fit onto each piece of beef. Spread the stuffing over the top of the prosciutto. Roll the beef as tightly as possible and secure it with 2 pieces of kitchen twine.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet heating to medium-high. Gently place the rolls in the skillet searing about 2 minutes on all sides.Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.Add about 1/3 of the Prego Farmers’ Market ® sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker then transfer the rolls. Add the beef stock to the skillet to deglaze, scraping any brown bits from the bottom. Pour the stock and brown bits into the slow cooker along with the remaining Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce and cook on high for 3 ½ – 4 hours or on low 6 ½ – 7 hours (times vary depending upon how thin your beef is but you want the beef fork-tender).Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

When it’s finished cooking, transfer the braciole onto a cutting board and cut the strings off. Slice into small pinwheels in the area where the strings were. Blend most of the sauce with the pasta and drizzle the remaining over the braciole. If you’d like, garnish with fresh parsley and grated parmesan and serve right away.Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

Tips:

  • If your parmesan cheese has a rind slice it off and add it into the sauce for even more flavor!
  • Do you buy broth or stock? Broth is made from meat. Stock, my preference is made from bone giving it a fuller, richer taste.

Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce. 

Feel free to brag about your Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce success in the comments! 

Beef Braciole ~ thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, cheese, prosciutto and fresh herbs, rolled then braised in Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.

 

Beef Braciole (Italian Beef Rolls)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of sirloin or top round steak very thinly sliced or pounded thin
  2. Olive oil
  3. ¼ cup of onion, finely diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, grated
  5. 1 cup of fresh spinach rough chopped
  6. Salt and pepper
  7. Kitchen twine or toothpicks
  8. 4 slices of of Prosciutto
  9. 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley finely chopped
  10. ½ cup of Italian style breadcrumbs
  11. ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  12. ¼ cup of mozzarella, grated
  13. 1 egg
  14. ½ cup of beef stock
  15. 1 jar of Prego Farmers’ Market® Sauce
  16. 6 ounces of Pasta, cooked al dente
Instructions
  1. Trim any excess fat from the edge of the beef then pound it very thin starting with the center and working to the edges. Cut the beef into individual pieces slightly larger than palm-size. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, drizzle about one tablespoon of olive oil then add the onions cooking for a minute or two until they soften, stirring frequently. Fold in the grated garlic and spinach, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes until the spinach is wilted, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and blend in the parsley, breadcrumbs, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and the egg. Blend in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. Using your hand divide the stuffing mixture in the bowl into equal parts for each braciole. Lay a single slice of prosciutto cut to fit onto each piece of beef. Spread the stuffing over the top of the prosciutto. Roll the beef as tightly as possible and secure it with 2 pieces of kitchen twine.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet heating to medium-high. Gently place the rolls in the skillet searing about 2 minutes on all sides.
  6. Add about 1/3 of the Prego Farmers’ Market ® sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker then transfer the rolls. Add the beef stock to the skillet to deglaze, scraping any brown bits from the bottom. Pour the stock and brown bits into the slow cooker along with the remaining Prego Farmers’ Market® sauce.
  7. Cook on high for 3 ½ – 4 hours or on low 6 ½ – 7 hours. Times vary depending upon how thin your beef is but when it’s finished, it will be fork-tender.
  8. Remove the braciole onto a platter and cut the strings off. Slice into small pinwheels in the area where the strings were.
  9. Blend most of the sauce with the pasta, drizzle the remaining over the braciole. Optional garnish ~ fresh parsley and grated parmesan. Serve right away.
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  1. Carolyn West
    October 24, 2016

    First of all, I LOVE “Everybody Loves Raymond” and I totally remember that episode. I’ve never actually had braciole but it looks amazing. I might need you to come make it for me. #client

    • Bernie
      October 26, 2016

      Thanks so much – anytime Carolyn! I lose control with this stuff — comfy pants required ?