Beef rolls with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano in tomato sauce

Beef rolls with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano in tomato sauce

By 31/08/2017

What happens when you marry an Italian woman?

When I first met hubby, 14 years ago his lunch was a sandwich with pre-sliced white bread with industrial cheese, a packet of crisps, a Kit-Kat and a can of coke. A gourmet lunch basically..

Look at him now: "Wholemeal organic sourdough bread with Prosciutto di San Daniele, a bowl of salad and plump juicy olives with a glass of Pinot Grigio".

Since I brought him to San Daniele del Friuli (a few years ago now) to try the prosciutto he keeps asking for it so I have to buy it on a regular basis in order to satisfy his cravings! He has almost become too picky and sometimes I lose my patience as he only wants the best of the best!

This is because Italian food is so irresistible and when you start eating quality food there is no going back anymore: your tastebuds will demand the same quality, always.

Hubby was over the moon when I made these beef rolls stuffed with Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grana Padano and a few arugola leaves.

I bought some lean minute steaks, I rolled them up and then cooked them in tomato sauce. A delicious dish to be served with some fresh salad or cooked vegetables like green beans.

The PDO logo carried by both Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele gives you the guarantee that what you are buying is quality and authenticity. There are clear boundaries of the geographical area of origin of both the products and the raw materials.

Thirteen months after the beginning of production of Prosciutto di  San Daniele every single leg is inspected by independent certifying bodies and then the Consortium brand is applied.  The inspection is really strict and the legs that do not meet the requirements will be discarded.

Prosciutto di San Daniele

The same happens for Grana Padano. The wheels are examined by impartial testers from the Consortium of Grana Padano cheese with the traditional inspection tools: a small hammer and a needle. These checks allow the structure of the product to be accurately verified. This is called: "tapping" where the aroma, flavour and colour and structure of the product is checked.

The wheels are then fire branded and again only the ones that meet all the quality checks carried out by the Consortium̕s experts will receive the Grana Padano mark.

Grana Padano

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes
  • Yield : 2



Put a sheet of cling film on a cutting board, put a slice of meat on top and cover it with another sheet of cling film. With a rolling pin flatten the meat.

Making stuffed meat roll - rolling beef

Slice the steaks in half if they are too large. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper and put a slice of Prosciutto di San Daniele on each slice.

Prosciutto di San Daniele on beef

Grate the Grana Padano and sprinkle it on the prosciutto.

Grana Padano on beef

Add a few leaves of arugola (rocket)

Arugola leaves on beef roll

Roll up

Rolling up beef

Pierce with a toothpick so the rolls will stay put during cooking

making stuffed beef rolls

Coat the beef rolls in flour. Drizzle a little oil in a pan, heat it up and brown the beef rolls turning them on all sides. Set aside.

Chop the onion and stir fry it in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil; add the tomato sauce, the oregano, salt and pepper and the olives. Let it bubble up for 10 minutes over a medium heat. Add the meat rolls and cook at a gentle heat for 15 minutes.

Cooking beef rolls in tomato sauce

Sprinkle it with the chopped parsley and serve warm with the sauce and some fresh salad on the side or cooked vegetables.

Beef rolls with Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele

Beef rolls with Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele


Stuffed beef rolls with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano


San Daniele logoGrana Padano logo Protected designation of origin


Check out the Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano websites to learn more about these great Italian products.

This post is in collaboration with the Consortiums of Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele

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10 Responses to Beef rolls with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano in tomato sauce

  1. Balvinder

    Yummy! this will be my next project but with chicken.

    • Alida

      Good idea and possibly even lighter with white meat.

    • Alida

      An easy recipe for the whole family 🙂

  2. elisabetta

    Beef involtini are one of our best-loved, traditional dishes of Italian ancestry. Some families might vary the filling but the one I make at home is almost the same as yours, starting with a slice of prosciutto di parma and including grated parmigiano or grana padano amongst other ingredients, cooked in a delicious tomato sauce and served with potatoes or salad. Yummy!!

    • Alida

      You a right, this is a great classic Italian dish and you are never wrong with classic ones. The ham adds so much flavour to the beef. Hope you are having a nice weekend Elisabetta.

  3. Melanie

    Oh my, how absolutely wonderful, something to savor. I will use gluten-free flour and have a perfect meal! Yum, thank you! This is also not labor intensive, but easy to prepare and will be delicious!

    • Alida

      Yes, a classic recipe, I am sure you will like it 🙂

  4. Chiara

    questi involtini sono molto stuzzicanti, segno la ricetta buona settimana Alida, un bacione !

    • Alida

      Buona settimana e buon lavoro!

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