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Braciole Al Sugo Di Pomodoro Recipe


When designing their trips, one of Insight Vacations’ favorite thing is meeting and partnering with local chefs and discovering their local cuisine. The team from one of Insight’s all-time favorite farm-to-table restaurant, Terra Madre, shared a typical dish of Puglia in Southern Italy.  This recipe makes 4-5 servings.


For the Orecchiette:

  • 4 cups semolina flour
  • ¾ cup of warm water

For the tomato sauce:

  • 4 ¼ cups of tomato sauce
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Half an white or yellow onion, chopped
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the meat rolls:

  • thinly sliced beef steak in roughly rectangular shape
  • toothpicks
  • grated parmesan
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley

For the Polpette di pane Fritte: (Fried Bread Balls) – optional

  • 2 pounds of stale bread
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 or 6 tablespoons of grated parmesan
  • Chopped parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

On a clean surface, pile the flour and dig a well in the middle. Add the water gradually, mixing it with the flour continuously until it forms a dough. Then knead for about 10 minutes, or until you have a firm and smooth dough. To make the pasta, dust the surface with flour, take a chunk of the dough and roll it into a long, thick sausage shape about 1cm in diameter. Cut them with a knife in 1cm thick slices. To shape it, take the slice of dough and roll it on the flat surface with a knife to curl the pasta. Then place it over your thumb and turn it inside out.

Once done, let the orecchiette rest to dry for about 1 hour. Once ready to cook it, boil the orecchiette in salt water for 5 minutes.

Next, prepare the meat rolls, lay the flattened steak on a plate, add salt and pepper, then sprinkle a good handful of grated parmesan, and finish with some parsley. Fold the meat on each side towards the center and roll the length, keep the shape with the help of 2 toothpicks. Set aside and get started on the tomato sauce.

Start by frying the onions in olive oil in a deep pan. Once softened and transparent, add the meat rolls and let them cook for a few minutes. Finally, add the tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste and add the basil, and let simmer on low to medium heat for an hour and a half.

In the meantime, if feeling particularly festive you can also include the Polpette di pane Fritte (fried Bread balls) or have them as a side dish. Either way they are delicious.

For the bread balls, mix all the ingredients together until you obtain a soft dough. Then, by using your hands or 2 tablespoons, spoon a small quantity of dough and roll it into a ball. Fry the bread balls into boiling oil until they are golden, brown and crispy on the outside.

To serve, pour the tomato sauce and 1 or 2 meat rolls and polpettte di pane onto a deep plate of orecchiette.