Sicilian Brasciole à la Lena


This recipe is so good that when my mom made these brasciole for Sunday dinner, I wouldn't eat the pasta served. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. They are well worth the effort! Serve sliced over pasta.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • cup grated Romano cheese

  • cup raisins

  • cup pine nuts, toasted

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds round steak

  • 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and parsley, and continue cooking until onions begin to brown. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, Romano cheese, raisins, pine nuts, and pepper.

  3. Pound steak to 1/2-inch thickness with a moistened mallet or the side of a cleaver. Spread onion mixture evenly over meat, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Spread bread crumb mixture in an even layer, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roll up from the narrow end and tie tightly with kitchen twine.

  4. Heat remaining olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown steak on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Pour in spaghetti sauce, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 2 hours or until tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

807 Calories
43g Fat
59g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 807
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 1255mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 164mg 13%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1469mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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