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Involtini / Italian Beef Roll ups

Italian Beef Roll Ups or also known as Involtini are a quick and easy main dish recipe that looks fancy enough for a special get together or a delicious family dinner idea.

cooked involtini in a black pan with a gold fork

Involtini / Italian Beef Roll Ups

This is one of those Italian Main Dishes or Secondo Piatto that is not only easy and delicious but also looks extra special!

My years of motherhood and mixing the Italian with the English languages always confused my poor kids.

I think the Italian just pretended not to notice or decided it was the fault of his mother’s “Ciociaro dialect” that helped teach me my Italian!

When my eldest daughter moved to Canada and started telling friends and family that she had to go grocery shopping for Salad instead of Lettuce, and laughingly told me “Ma, it’s called Lettuce not Salad!

Inmy defence it’s called Insalata in Italian,  or my confusion with “Involtini” and “Saltimbocca”.

On her return home she declared can you make me Saltimbocca, which I made and served the day after, much to her dismay when she in fact wanted Involtini!

“Well that’s what you asked for”, “yeah but you always called them Involtini”. And there you have it! My poor confused kids.

involtini how to make stuffing the meat and in the pan

What to Stuff a Beef Roll Ups

The traditional stuffing for an Involtini  is a slice of Prosciutto and 2-3 leaves of sage.

But I like to use Arugula, fresh Italian Parsley or even Spinach leaves instead of Sage.

Because Prosciutto is quite salty on its own, there is no need to salt the meat.


involtini up close cooked in the pan

More Involtini / Roll Ups Recipes

So if you are looking for a simple impressive Dinner Idea, then these Involitin / Italian Beef Roll Ups are a good idea. Buon Appetito!

involtini up close cooked in the pan

Involtini / Italian Beef Roll Ups

Rosemary Molloy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 218 kcal


  • 12 thin slices of veal or beef top round (thinly sliced)
  • 12 slices of Prosciutto di Parma* (if large slices cut in 1/2)
  • 1 cup of chopped arugula** (also called rocket)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup flour (34 - 68 grams)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (78 grams)
  • 12 toothpicks


  • On a clean chopping board place 1 slice of beef or veal, on top place a slice of prosciutto and top with 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of aurgula, roll up meat and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all the meat is rolled. 
  • In a small plate add flour, dredge rollups well in the flour one at a time . Over medium high heat, heat a large frying pan with the oil, when oil is hot add meat rollups (sprinkle some flour over the rollups). Cook covered on medium / low heat for 5 minutes (or until browned) turn the rollups over and repeat cooking covered for 5 minutes. Add white wine heat on high until the fumes evaporate, then cover and cook until  thickened, approximately another 5  minutes. Serve immediately.


*When using prosciutto no need to add salt, because the prosciutto is salty enough.
**If you don’t like arugula you can always substitute Italian parsley, sage or fresh spinach leaves.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 89mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Updated from December 8, 2013.


    1. Hi Athol, being in Italy I would serve it with a side dish such as salad, potatoes, green beans or even peas or your preferred vegetable. In Italy pasta, gnocchi or risotto is served as a separate dish before the meat or fish dish. Although if you are elsewhere in the world you could serve it with a risotto, I would say that more than pasta. Hope that helps. Take care.

  1. Can you please suggest the cut of beef that might work well for this recipe? I tried something like this once and it was so tough. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    This was perfect.
    So easy to make and totally enjoyed by my fussy teenager.
    Definitely going into meal rotations!!

  3. Hi again. When my children were little this was their favorite meal. To accommodate their taste, I made the fillng with beaten eggs, bread crumbs, parley, salt and pepper and cheese. I place filling down the center and rolled them. Sauteed with thinly sliced onion and served with mashed potatoes. So great for little hands. I haven’t made this in years, but I may just have to start again. Thanks for all the good memories.,

  4. That looks interesting. I have never even seen a recipe like this before. I have pinned, dropping by from the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party
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