Vito Montanarelli shares a classic Italian treat - stuffed veal rolls in tomato sauce over pasta. A family recipe from his hometown in Puglia,Italy. Country Italian cooking at its finest!
1 1⁄2 Pound
Ricotta salata cheese
1 Cup (16 tbs)
3 Clove (15 gm), finely chopped
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely chopped
1 Tablespoon, finely chopped
Red pepper flake
1⁄2 Medium, finely chopped
1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (for pan)
1 Pound (1 package)
Whole peeled tomato
2 Can (20 oz) (Nina or diNapoli brand suggested)
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
1. Cut each piece of veal in pieces approx. 2 inches in width and pound until thin(approx. 1/8 inch thick).
2. Finely chop and combine garlic, onion, and fresh herbs.
3. Place a teaspoon of the combined garlic, onion and herb mixture in the middle of each piece of veal, add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a teaspoon of cheese.
4. Gently roll veal, starting at furthest edge and wrap meat around stuffing.
5. Tie the veal roll with string (sewing thread) – Secure stuffing inside roll.
6. Brown (braise) the stuffed veal rolls in a large sauce pan coated in oil.
7. Cook rolls until browned on all sides.
8. When outside is no longer pink, remove veal from pan while you make sauce.
9. Using same pan with juices from veal, add chopped onion, garlic and herbs, sauté until golden.
10. Using your fingers or a large spoon to mash the whole peeled tomatoes (be sure that any yellow or tough ends of tomatoes are removed).
11. Add mashed tomatoes and their sauce to pan.
12. Cook mixture over medium heat - simmering for 10-15 minutes.
13. Add wine and tomato paste slowly while stirring – bring back to simmer.
14. Add veal rolls to sauce and continue to simmer over low heat for 2 hours.
15. Boil the pasta until cooked al dente – approx 12-15 minutes.
16. Drain water from pasta and return pasta to hot saucepan – toss gently with a tablespoon olive oil.
17. Place a cup of cooked Orecchiette in middle of plate, sprinkle pasta with a layer of shredded cheese, pour sauce over pasta, put several veal rolls on top of sauce and sprinkle with more cheese. Enjoy!