An authentic, traditional Italian beef recipe made with simple, quality ingredients is hard to beat. Indeed, ask a hundred people what the most famous Italian beef dish is and half will say Spaghetti Bolognese while the rest will say Lasagne!
The truth is that traditional Italian beef recipes are different dependent upon what part of the country you’re in. However one fact remains true – all recipes for Italian beef are treated with the same classic Italian simplicity, whether they’re coated in breadcrumbs, baked, marinated, pan-fried or simply roasted.
Yet for a truly authentic selection of easy Italian beef recipes it’s hard to beat the great range of ideas from Gino D’Acampo. Gino has a fantastic choice of classic Italian recipes with beef -from Bolognese and lasagne to meatballs and Carpaccio – as well as a host of recipes for Italian beef that he’s devised with his own unique twist, including stufato di manzo, an Italian beef stew recipe with yellow peppers and olives, torta del pastore, or Italian Shepherd’s Pie and cannelloni al pesto Genovese, or rolled, filled pasta with pesto and béchamel sauce.
Keep it a secret, but Gino even has arguably the very best Italian beef sandwich recipe! He calls it the Ultimate Steak Roll. We’ve tried it. It really is that good!
So why not explore our mouth-watering selection of authentic Italian beef recipes as well as inspirational ideas such as Italian beef slow cooker recipes, recipes for Italian beef salad and recipes for Italian beef stew.
You can find a full range of Gino’s Italian beef recipes in his best-selling recipe books or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking!
Insalata calda di manza con carciofi, peperoncino e nociWarm Beef Salad With Artichokes, Chilli & Walnuts
Sardinia is famous for its beef, particularly that of the bue rosso (red cow), which grazes the pastures of the volcanic Montiferru area in central-western Sardinia and is considered by many to provide the finest beef in Italy. For this recipe I have taken the theme of a traditional Sardinian beef salad and have added artichokes and walnuts - which really complement the juicy sides of warm...
Bruschetta Fai Da TeBuild Your Own Beef Bruschetta
Half the pleasure of food is being able to enjoy it with your friends and family. I love dishes that can be placed in the centre of the table so that everybody can help themselves. It's the most social form of eating and it means I'm not stuck in the kitchen! This recipes cooks the beef from scratch, but if you have any leftover roast beef from a Sunday roast by all means use that.
Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese Di Mio NonnoTagliatelle With Bolognese
This is the real thing. The genuine ragù, as it is made in Bologna, is a mouthwatering meat sauce that includes different types of mince, including pork and beef, slowly cooked in a tomato and vegetable sauce. In Italy, this sauce is only ever served with broad, flat pasta such as tagliatelle or fettuccine and never with spaghetti.
My Mother’s LasagneLasagne di Mamma
This recipe has been handed down in the D’Acampo family for many generations, though I call it ‘Lasagne di Mamma’ because my mother taught it to my sister and me when we were about 11 years old . It's a great tradition that my wife will pass on to our own children. Allowing the dish to rest for a good 10 minutes before serving allows the layers to firm up slightly and become easier to cut neatly.
Cannelloni al Pesto GenoveseCannelloni with Pesto and Béchamel Sauce
Cannelloni was invented in Sorrento in the early 1900s by a chef from Naples. Today you’ll find a recipe for it in many Italian cookery books, so I had to include a version here. As you'll see, this is a traditional-style cannelloni with a bit of a twist, and I think you will love the result.
Stufato Di ManzoBeef And Wild Mushroom Stew
I have to admit I love any kind of stew. They are so easy to put together and the slow cooking makes all the ingredients taste fantastic. This is a recipe you can prepare 24 hours ahead as it will only enhance the flavours. You can certainly use lamb if you prefer, and if you can't find diced pancetta, a good quality bacon will definitely do the job. I have tried this recipe with chicken or vegetable...