Hearty Beef Braciole

Hearty Beef Braciole

Beef Braciole is a classic, homestyle dish made with thin slices of beef filled with breadcrumbs, parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, cooked in a flavourful tomato sauce. Different regions in Italy have their own versions of braciole, we are adding prosciutto, pine nuts and raisins as per the Neapolitan variation, for a sweet and savoury twist.


For this recipe, we are using Di Napoli Passata - and it makes all the difference!

Di Napoli uses only the highest quality tomatoes, grown in Italy, and perfected by almost 100 years of Italian tradition and experience. Each and every ingredient used is carefully sourced and selected. 


  • 1 kg thinly sliced Sirloin beef (pork or chicken are suitable substitutes)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 200g  Zanetti Parmigiano Reggiano (grated)
  • 150g Fresco Italia Prosciutto Crudo
  • 40g raisins
  • 35g pine nuts
  • 50g parsley
  • 50g Uncle Barns’ breadcrumbs
  • Cooking / kitchen string
  • Cape Herb & Spice salt
  • Cape Herb & Spice pepper

For the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons Gustodoro tomato paste
  • 2 bottles Di Napoli Passata
  • Olitalia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium carrots


  • Season the beef slices with salt and pepper (have your butcher prepare the meat into desired thin slices)
  • In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of parsley, raisins, pine nuts, minced garlic, breadcrumbs and the parmiggiano reggiano
  • Lay out your pieces of beef - place a few spoons of the filling to the centre of each piece. Add a slice of prosciutto. Roll up neatly, and secure with cooking string (tie up into little parcels).
  • In a pan, add a dash of olive oil, and fry the meat rolls on each side for a few seconds. Remove from heat and set one side.
  • Cook the onion, celery and carrot on medium heat, in the pan, for about 5 minutes
  • Then add the meat rolls again, let cook for a few minutes before adding the passata and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper
  • Lower heat to the minimum setting, cover and allow to cook for about 2 hours, adding water if required
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and sprinkle over fresh parsley

Buon appetito!