Chopped spinach flavored with Pecorino Romano cheese and paper-thin slices of prosciutto are used to fill tender slices of veal scallopini. The veal rolls are then simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce in this traditional Italian recipe. My husband and I do not eat a lot of meat at home.
This meat dish is one that I have made many times in the past. I like best about it because it can be prepared ahead of time and reheated if you are planning a big get-together or family celebration. I used frozen spinach in this recipe as it is all ready for you and just needs to be drained well before using. You can use your favorite prepared tomato sauce in place of mine, though I will share my quick go-to sauce for dishes such as this one. The prosciutto serves two purposes in this recipe. It adds flavor and prevents any spinach filling from falling through any thin areas of the veal.
I would suggest serving this dish with a side of polenta, mashed potatoes, or even pasta along with a green vegetable. You can either assemble the veal rolls, brown them and then store them in the sauce in the refrigerator to bake before serving. Or you can fully cook them, allowing them to cool and then refrigerate overnight. First, to reheat, allow the rolls to come to room temperature, then warm in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. My veal slices were not an even thickness. When that happens, I like to use a meat mallet to pound it to an equal thickness to ensure the meat cooks evenly and the final dish is very tender. If you prefer, you could cook this dish on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pan on simmer for about the same amount of time.
Deborah Mele 2021
- 8 Thin Slices Veal Scallopini
- 8 Thin Slices Prosciutto
- 2 Cups Cooked, Chopped Spinach
- 1/3 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
- Salt & Pepper
- 8 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
For The Sauce:
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 (28-ounce) Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Fresh Basil
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- Use a meat mallet if needed to even out the thickness of the scallopini.
- Use your hands, or a nut bag to squeeze out as much liquid from the spinach as possible, then place in a bowl.
- Add the cheese and two tablespoons of oil to the spinach and stir to mix.
- Season the spinach mixture with salt and pepper.
- Lay out each slice of veal, then cover with a slice of prosciutto.
- You can either cut the prosciutto to fit, or fold it over.
- Divide the spinach filling equally onto each slice of veal spreading evenly.
- At the narrowest end, tightly roll up the veal and square with two toothpicks, or if you prefer, tie with kitchen twine.
- Place the veal rolls on a plate and refrigerate until needed.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until lightly smoking, then cook the onions, stirring often until translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook another minute or two or until fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes, parsley, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 m minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a frying pan, heat the remaining olive oil and heat over medium heat until lightly smoking.
- Brown the veal rolls on all sides, turning as needed.
- Place a scoop of sauce into the bottom of an oven-proof casserole dish that will hold all of the veal rolls.
- Place the veal rolls side by side into the dish, then cover with the remaining sauce.
- Cover casserole dish, then bake until very tender, about 45 minutes.
- Remove toothpicks or twine, then serve warm with sauce.