With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, nothing says I Love You more than a delicious home cooked meal. First up is Involtini di Manzo. Involtini means “little bundles” and these little bundles are simply amazing!
The dish is basically a thin piece of meat rolled up around a cheese and herb filling and then cooked in a tomato sauce. But not just any tomato sauce! A combination of Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Colavita Crushed Tomatoes, and Colavita Valpolicella Ripasso transports you back to Nonna’s kitchen in Italy!
In the Winter Pantry and Olive Oil Guide I shared some tips for growing herbs indoors. This recipe is packed with some of those fresh herbs as well as garlic and dried red pepper from last year’s garden.
Along with a little sea salt and freshly ground black peppercorns, here is what you will need for the filling:
Pulse the ingredients in a food processor until combined but still coarse.
Then, season the beef slices with salt and pepper 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.
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves, plus additional for garnish
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus additional as needed
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns, plus additional as needed
- 1 pound beef top round steak cut into 8 thin (1/8-inch) slices
- 8 thin prosciutto ham slices
- ¼ cup Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup Colavita Valpolicella Ripasso (or other full-bodied red wine)
- 2 (28-ounce) cans Colavita Crushed Tomatoes
- ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 Colavita Pappardelle Nests
- Add 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.
- Season 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.
- Heat 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.
- To 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.
- Make 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.
In a pinch for time? Use Colavita Italian Garden Tomato Sauce to replace the sauce used in this recipe.
Pairs perfectly with the full-bodied Colavita Valpolicella Ripasso or other full bodied red wine.
The post A Delicious Taste of Italy: Involtini di Manzo is sponsored by Colavita. I have been using Colavita’s quality products for many years and this trusted family brand is a perfect fit for my garden to table creations. For more information, please visit Colavita.com.