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Involtini di Manzo (Beef Rolls)

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January 16, 2017

Involtini means “little bundles” and these bundles are filled with fresh herbs and cheese and then simmered in a simple tomato sauce until fork tender. Perfect for entertaining or a casual meal, you’ll be in love after the first bite!

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 4-6 Servings


1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish

2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves, plus additional for garnish

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 tsp sea salt, plus additional as needed

1/4 tsp freshly ground black peppercorns, plus additional as needed

1 lb beef top round steak cut into 8 thin (1/8-inch) slices

8 thin prosciutto ham slices

1/4 cup Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup valpolicella ripasso

2 28 oz cans Colavita Crushed Tomatoes

1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

8 Colavita Pappardelle Nests


1Add the raisins, basil, pine nuts, cheese, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt, and black pepper to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined but still coarse.

2Season the beef slices with salt and pepper to taste and place 1 slice of prosciutto ham on top of each. Spread 1 generous tablespoon of the filling mixture on the lower half of the slice. Starting with the filled half, roll tightly into a cylinder and secure with a toothpick; repeat with remaining beef slices.

3Heat the Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add the beef rolls and cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

4To make the sauce, reduce heat to medium. Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring constantly, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the Colavita Valpolicella Ripasso and stir while bringing to a boil. Add the Colavita Crushed Tomatoes, basil, and red pepper flakes; stir to combine. Return the beef rolls to the pot, gently stir, and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender and sauce has thickened, about 1 hour.

5Make the Colavita Pappardelle Nests according to package directions. Serve beef rolls with pasta and sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Makes 4 servings (2 beef rolls each).


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