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Recipe for Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti

I think Italian food might just be my favorite cuisine of all time. We always make Italian food at home and while most of it is pretty straightforward, there are a few we tend to leave to restaurants, like veal parmesan. 

Veal parmesan can definitely seem a bit intimidating. Most of us don’t cook with veal on a regular basis, and frying at home is not too common either. But with a little know-how and a little multitasking, we can enjoy veal parmigiana anytime at home! 

What is a Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti?

Veal parmesan, also known as veal parmigiana, is a breaded fried cutlet of veal topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It comes from the Parma region of Italy and features their signature cheese. Veal parmesan is served as a secondi or main dish in Italian cuisine. 

Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti

While a secondi traditionally comes after a pasta course (the most common primi – first course), today it is very common to serve it with spaghetti or another kind of pasta at the same time. 

The Challenge with Veal Parmigiana

With any fried dish, there is a lot going on. With veal parmigiana there is even more as you are also baking and cooking noodles at the same time. As a result, time management and organization are critical. 

You can’t leave the sauce in the oven too long or it will dry out and burn. You can’t leave the veal frying too long or it will dry out. Plus, don’t even get us started on soggy overcooked noodles! Needless to say, time organization is key. 

Our Solution

The easiest way to provide a solution is by giving you a chart for how to manage your time when it comes to cooking all of the necessary components of this dish. Below, I’ve broken down the 3 main surfaces you will be working with and what you should be doing at the appropriate timeframes. 

By following this, you’ll be able to have your veal, spaghetti, and sauce done at the proper times. You will want to reference the specific directions at the bottom of this article for the exact steps to take as well.

Est Time to StartCountertopStoveOven
0:00Get plates, dishes, tools ready
0:05Get pot of water salted on on the stove (don’t start the heat yet)
0:07Get dish sauced and in oven, preheat 350°F
0:09Make dredging stations
0:15Heat oil in pan for frying, begin heating pot of water for noodles
0:17Dredge and bread your veal
0:20Start frying the veal in batchesRemove dish from oven and use for finished veal
0:30Add spaghetti to boiling pot of waterAll veal should be done and in the oven dish now. Top with cheese and sauce and place back in the oven.
0:45Strain spaghettiRemove from oven
0:45All DoneAll DoneAll Done

Developing Flavors

Veal flavor is very delicate and it is a lean meat. You don’t want to add too much to either the sauce or the seasoning. I’d avoid most spices with veal outside of a little black pepper. 

Ingredients for recipe for veal parmesan with spaghetti

In terms of ways to deepen the flavor, salting overnight will definitely help keep your veal more moist and tender through the cook. 

The best recommendation for flavor is to use real Parmigiano-Reggiano and grate it by hand, but this is both hard to come by and pretty expensive. 

What Pairs with Veal Parmesan?

Veal is fairly mild-flavored meat, but in the parmigiana preparation, you are adding fat, fruit, and acidic notes from the sauce and cheese. 

Therefore, I recommend a light to medium body red wine like a Pinot Noir or Chianti to go with this dish. A little bit of tannin is fine but you don’t want anything too bold or overpowering.   

Tools Required

For the tools, here is what you’ll need for the spaghetti:

  • Large pot for the water
  • Stirring device, such as a wooden spoon
  • Strainer (optional)

For the veal parmigiana, there are quite a few tools you’ll need. Since this is a multiple stage cook, let’s break down the equipment you’ll need for this recipe by its purpose and stage.

Measuring:

  • Measuring cups

Frying:

  • One dish to hold your veal as well as flour it 
  • One mug and a spoon or whisk to beat the eggs
  • One dish for your egg wash 
  • One dish for your breadcrumbs
  • One cast iron, dutch oven, or high sided pan for frying
  • One thermometer
Person putting cheese on top of the breaded veal

Baking: 

  • Can opener (optional if you are using a canned tomato sauce) 
  • One baking dish for finishing in the oven

Serving:

  • A trivet or pot holder if you are going to place the baking dish on a non cook surface
  • Serve from the baking dish
Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti

Veal Parmesan with Spaghetti

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ pound spaghetti pasta
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 pound veal for scallopini
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato or pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella

Instructions

Spaghetti Directions

  1. Fill pot with water ¾ of thee way up
  2. Add heavy pinch of salt
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Add dried spaghetti
  5. Cook for 12 minutes or to desired texture
  6. Strain and set aside 
  7. Optional: you can add a little olive oil if you are making this ahead of time to limit the pasta from clumping together, but the sauce will not stick as well.  


Veal Parmesan Directions

  1. Salt the veal (day before if possible)
  2. Using half the flour dust both sides of the veal, this will be your first dredging station 
  3. Beat the egg and pour into another dish or plate, this is your second dredging station 
  4. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and the other half of the flour, this is your third dredging station 
  5. Pour half the sauce into the bottom of your baking dish and place in oven
  6. Preheat oven 350°F with pan in it
  7. Move the veal into the egg and coat on both sides
  8. Move the veal into the breadcrumbs and coat on both sides
  9. Move to the oil and fry for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown, do not overlap or stack any pieces. You will need to do multiple batches depending on the side of your pan.  
  10. Once fried place into baking dish
  11. Cover with 2nd half of the sauce
  12. Top with mozzarella
  13. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned
  14. Serve with spaghetti

Nathaniel Lee is an avid cook, drawing on his decades of home cooking and fine dining experience. With inspirations like Alton Brown and Gordon Ramsey, Nathaniel focuses on simple processes to make amazing food.