15 Italian Beef Recipes That Are Easy To Make

Italian beef is an incredibly delicious and super versatile dish. In addition to mouth-watering sandwiches, it can be used in pasta dishes, stews, or even as a side. 

Whether you want to recreate your favorite Italian beef sandwich, or fancy branching out a little by trying new recipes, take a look at our 15 favorite Italian beef recipes below. They’re both tasty and easy to make!

1. Slow Cooker Italian Beef For Sandwiches

If you’re looking to recreate your favorite Italian beef sandwich from your own home, this recipe is the perfect place to start.

Cooking the beef in a slow cooker not only makes this dish very low maintenance, but it also makes the beef incredibly tasty and exquisitely tender. 

The great thing about this recipe is that the leftovers can be stored in the fridge and used to make sandwiches for 3 or so days after it’s been cooked. Just make sure to use a good-quality crispy bread roll to make your lunches extra special. 

2. Italian Beef Braciole

Braciole is a southern Italian dish that is always a crowd-pleaser. It is made with thin beef slices that have been stuffed with Italian herbs, prosciutto, pecorino, and garlic, and then coated in a deliciously rich and fresh tomato sauce. Sounds delicious, right? 

This version in particular comes from the area of Puglia in southern Italy. Although it is a simple dish to make, it really brings classic Italian flavors to life. If you want to show off your cooking skills at a dinner party, this dish is an absolute must! 

3. Italian Beef Stew

If you’re looking for a comforting recipe to get you through the cool, winter months, look no further than this Italian Beef Stew. Not only is it the most comforting and hearty dish ever, but it is also made using only one pot! What could be better? 

It is worth noting that this recipe does take just under three hours to make, and as such, is quite time intensive. However, we can assure you, it is definitely worth it! The leftovers will also keep you going for days! 

4. Lasagne Alla Bolognese Saporite

This list wouldn’t be complete without a lasagne dish. This one in particular originates from the Emilia region in Northern Italy. The beef and pork mince melds perfectly with the traditional Italian tomato sauce. 

In fact, it is the sauce that makes this recipe really special. The use of prosciutto, cinnamon, nutmeg, and red wine really makes the dish come alive.

It is a little time-intensive, but it’s also a super fun challenge for anyone looking to develop their cooking skills a bit more. 

5. Spaghetti And Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian dish, and this one definitely deserves a place on this list. Making your own meatballs might sound a little intimidating, but we can assure you, it’s actually very easy!

In fact, making meatballs is a great activity for the whole family. By getting everyone involved, not only are they learning to cook an authentic and healthy meal, but it means that you’ll be able to enjoy the dish all the sooner! 

6. Italian Beef And Pasta

If you’re looking for a dish that will become a staple in your household, you should definitely check out this mighty tasty Italian beef and pasta recipe. We recommend serving it with some crusty garlic bread, although it works with just about anything! 

Although it takes roughly 2 hours to cook, the prep time is a mere 10 minutes. Further, the list of ingredients is fairly small considering the bold flavors in this dish.

Although, make sure to buy a good quality piece of beef and beef broth to make sure it’s super delicious! 

7. Classic Italian Beef Ragu

This classic Italian beef ragu recipe is so packed full of flavor, it’s sure to knock the socks of any dinner guest. It is also super versatile! You can combine it with tagliatelle, use it as a filling in ravioli, or even put it in lasagne. 

Keep in mind that, the longer the ragu has to simmer, the more delicious it will be. As such, this is a dish to make when you’ve got a few hours to spend close to the cooker.

Just remember to keep topping up the saucepan with stock to stop it from reducing too much!

8. Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

These instant pot Italian beef sandwiches make for the best-packed lunches ever – and they’re also super easy to make! You simply need to combine all of the ingredients in an Instant Pot, and that’s it!

The best thing about beef sandwiches is their versatility. Once the beef is cooked, you can add it to a sandwich with whatever toppings you want! We love Provolone cheese and a spoonful of Mild Giardiniera.

9. Penne Pasta With Meat Sauce

If you’re looking for a dish that will satisfy your super picky family, you should definitely give this recipe a try. The ingredients are simple but make for a deliciously fresh pasta sauce. If you’re a fan of meal prep, the sauce actually freezes very well!

Though there aren’t a whole lot of ingredients involved in this recipe, it is necessary to opt for good quality ingredients.

In particular, we recommend using the Muir Glen chunky tomato sauce (you can buy it here), as it really elevates the flavor and texture of the sauce. 

10. Italian Style Beef Goulash With Gnocchi

Although Goulash is generally thought of as a Hungarian dish, there are versions with an Italian twist. This one, in particular, is packed with tomato flavors with hints of sweet and hot paprika that are just mouth-wateringly good. 

The key to cooking this dish is low and slow. Essentially, you want to cook the beef on low heat for about 3 hours or until the beef is visibly tender. Although you can serve this dish with pretty much anything, we really love it with some fresh gnocchi. 

11. Chef John’s Steak Pizzaiola

Chef John’s Steak Pizzaiola has to be one of the best Italian beef recipes out there. The beef is melt-in-the-mouth delicious and the super fresh veggies make the sauce wonderfully rich. It really is a crowd pleaser!

This recipe really isn’t very hard to follow at all. However, the tomatoes in this dish will make or break it. Make sure to buy the freshest, sweetest, vine-ripened tomatoes you can get your hands on! 

12. Italian Beef And Pasta Skillet

Looking for a super easy but super tasty weeknight dinner? Check out this Italian beef and pasta skillet. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this dish is absolutely perfect for those chaotic and busy weeknights. 

In addition to being delicious, this recipe is very simple and mainly uses ingredients that you likely already have in your cupboards. The only thing you might need to get your hands on is Marinara Sauce Mix.

This little jar holds an incredible amount of flavor and really makes the dish special. You can buy some here.

13. Classic Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich

If you’ve been searching high and low for an authentic recipe for a Chicago Italian beef sandwich, you’re in luck! This recipe truly does the name justice and it is sure to become your new favorite lunch. 

Although, if you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, this is definitely not the one for you. The magic of this sandwich comes from the beef having been cooked on low heat for a long amount of time. Though, we promise you, this extra effort is definitely worth it. 

14. Pappardelle With Beef Shin Ragù

If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality dish to wow some dinner guests, or even just to indulge in with a glass of wine by yourself, you should give this recipe a try.

The robust flavors of the ragu combined with the thick, flat pappardelle ribbons make this dish an all-around winner. 

The prep time of this dish is 30 minutes, and the cooking time is around 3 hours.

We know that this is a substantial amount of time to take out of the day, but we can assure you, it is definitely worth it. It is also worth making sure that you have some Barolo wine in the cupboard ready. 

15. Beefy Baked Ravioli

If you’re a fan of ravioli, you have to give this Beefy Baked Ravioli a try! It is also a super quick but indulgent meal, great for those low-effort Friday nights in!

In fact, if you use frozen cheese ravioli and pre-made spaghetti sauce, this recipe should take you no time at all!

However, if you have some extra time, we recommend that you make the spaghetti sauce yourself. It’s super easy and simple, and adds a whole lot of fresh flavor to the dish!

Regardless, be sure to be very generous when you’re topping this meal with cheese! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Cut Of Meat Is Italian Beef Made From? 

Generally, cuts of beef from the sirloin rear or the top/bottom round are used when making Italian beef. 

What Gives Italian Beef Its Flavor? 

Italian beef tends to be wet-roasted in water and beef stock with herbs and spices such as garlic and oregano. 

What Cut Of Meat Is Best For Braciole? 

Generally, Braciole is made from pounded slices of beef rump, top round, or bottom round. 

What Does Wet Mean In Italian Beef Sandwiches? 

Wet Italian beef refers to a beef sandwich made by pulling the beef from the juices and placing it straight into the bread roll. 

What Does Dipped Mean In Italian Beef Sandwiches? 

Dipped Italian beef refers to a sandwich made by pulling the beef from the juices, placing it into the bread roll, and then dipping the whole roll into the beef juice. In this case, only the ends of the beef roll are dipped into the juices. 

What Is A Baptized Italian Beef Sandwich? 

These are similar to dipped Italian beef sandwiches. However, in this case, the whole sandwich is dunked into the beef juices, rather than just the ends. 

Final Thoughts 

We hope that our list of Italian beef recipes inspires you to get cooking! Remember, to get the best results from any of the recipes above, be sure to buy a good cut of beef from your local butcher. 

15 Italian Beef Recipes That Are Easy To Make

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From hearty sandwiches to rich ragús, Italian beef is a staple ingredient. To learn how to recreate legendary dishes from your own home, take a look here! 


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