Italian Beef Braciole

Italian Beef Braciole in a rich slowly simmered tomato sauce. This southern Italian dish is super comforting and delicious made with thin slices of beef stuffed with prosciutto, pecorino, garlic, and herbs. Toss the incredible tomato sauce with pasta and serve the braciole with your sides of choice!
An overhead shot of braciole on a serving platter covered in tomato sauce
Beef Braciole also known as involtini (rolled stuffed meat) is just such a homely and comforting meal perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon feast with the family.

This version, in particular, is traditionally served in Puglia, southern Italy although there are so many filling options you could try.

This recipe is made with super simple ingredients all of which are pretty easy to find in most supermarkets; top or bottom round beef roast (also know as silverside), pecorino cheese, fresh basil and parsley, slices of prosciutto, garlic, strained tomatoes (passata), olive oil and salt and pepper.
How to make Braciole Al Sugo



  • 1.3 lbs top or bottom round beef roast can also use sirloin or silverside (600g)
  • 8-10 slices prosciutto
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 8-10 slices of pecorino cheese
  • 3 cups crushed strained tomatoes passata
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil




Cut the beef into ¼ inch (½ cm) thick slices. Pound them to half the thickness with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

Sprinkle the inside of each slice of beef with a little salt and pepper then lay a slice of prosciutto on top.


Sprinkle over a small amount of garlic, parsley and place a slice of pecorino in the middle. Roll up the slice of beef and secure each end with a toothpick.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and brown the braciole on all sides. Once browned add the strained tomatoes and stir to combine. Cover with a lid and turn the heat down to low, simmer slowly for 2 hours.

Once the braciole are cooked add the fresh basil to the sauce and stir to combine, serve.

How to serve it traditionally

Once cooked remove the beef braciole and set aside or keep warm on a plate. Add the fresh basil to the sauce and serve the sauce with freshly cooked and drained pasta then serve the beef braciole as a second course with a little reserved tomato sauce and your sides of choice.



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