Slow Cooker Beef Braciole

I just recently discovered Beef Braciole and it was love at first bite. I was at the grocery store and it was one of the samples employees pass out in the aisles. Have I mentioned how much I love Wegmans? Anyway, I’ve been wanting to cook it myself ever since, and though this Slow Cooker Beef Braciole version is very different than the Wegmans version it’s just as delicious. Plus, this one goes in the slow cooker rather than being braised – perfect for hot Summer nights when turning on your stove is the last thing you want to do!

The tomato sauce that the steak cooks in turns out amazing and soaks up a ton of the meaty flavor. I highly recommend serving the steak roll and sauce over a side of pasta! I photographed it with rice because when I opened my cupboard to make pasta I realized all I had was lasagna noodles and about a handful of elbow macaroni (oops). The rice was okay with it but the next night I ate the leftovers with pasta and it was so, so good. So good. If you don’t have enough points/calories left for pasta, I think roasted vegetables would also be delicious in the sauce. 

Just to throw in a second opinion, my boyfriend got to eat some leftovers with pasta and said this is the best dish I’ve ever made him. The ease of this recipe combined with that rave review means I’ll definitely be making this again!

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Slow Cooker Beef Braciole

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (I grate mine on the smallest holed side of my box grater)
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 ¼ lbs (20 oz) lean, trimmed top round beef steak (try to get a thin cut – less pounding!)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 24 oz jar Marinara sauce
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • You will also need either kitchen twine or toothpicks to seal the steak once the filling is rolled inside

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat and add the onions. Cook for a few minutes until onions are softened and add garlic. Cook another minute, stirring frequently, until fragrant. Add the spinach and stir for about a minute until spinach is wilted. Remove the mixture from heat and transfer to a medium sized bowl. Add the parsley, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and raisins. Stir together to combine and set aside.
  2. Place your steak on a large piece of parchment paper and cover with another piece of parchment paper. Using a meat mallet, pound the steak to ¼ – 1/3” thick. This took me several minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  3. Spread the breadcrumb/spinach mixture down the center of the length of the steak. Roll the steak around the filling beginning with the long side. Tie the rolled steak up with kitchen twine or secure the edges with toothpicks (not the fanciest way to do it but I forgot to buy twine and this works in a pinch!).
  4. Pour the remaining tablespoon of oil into the large skillet and bring it over medium-high heat. Place the rolled steak into the skillet (mine was long so I had to curl it into a C shape to get it to fit in my largest skillet) and brown for 2-4 minutes on each side until the sides are seared.
  5. Transfer the steak to your slow cooker and add ¼ cup of water to your skillet to deglaze the pan. Scrape up all the browned bits in the skillet (the water will turn brown) and pour it into the slow cooker over the steak. Add the marinara sauce and crushed tomatoes and stir together. Spoon the sauce over the top of the steak and place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 ½ – 6 hours.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1/6th of the recipe) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 7 SmartPoints/ Blue: 7 SmartPoints/ Purple: 7 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per servings (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
313 calories, 20 g carbs, 9 g sugars, 13 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 28 g protein, 4 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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