Easy Osso Buco

Rich, robust, and delicious, this Easy Osso Buco is a simple but elegant main course that comes together in one pot. You’ll love the bold flavor of beef shanks cooked in wine with garlic, herbs, and crushed tomatoes.

A Classic Italian Dish with Luxury and Style!

If you’d like to make something a little different for dinner, but still easy, you should really try this recipe for authentic osso buco. This hearty, home-style beef dish is full of robust, meaty flavor, thanks to bone-in beef shanks.

Cooked in wine, the meat is extremely well-balanced and tender, perfect for serving with your favorite comforting side dish like mashed potatoes or homemade bread (or both! 🙌 I won’t tell!).

Plus, osso buco is kind of a fancy dish, even though it’s really a simple and down-to-earth recipe. Like beef bourguignon, the combination of braising in wine with herbs and vegetables elevates the simple ingredients to make a complex, meltingly delicious main course that’s just as suitable for a fancy occasion as it is for a cozy weekend at home.

What Kind of Meat is Osso Buco?

Osso buco is made with beef shanks or veal shanks, which come from the upper part of the leg. This cut of meat is very lean and very tough, which makes it suitable for cooking low and slow. In the case of osso buco, we’re braising in flavorful liquid for over an hour.

Once the meat is braised, it becomes fall-apart tender. So much so that some cooks actually tie kitchen twine around each shank to hold it together! The name “osso buco” means “bone with a hole,” which is a reference to the bone-in meat, with the marrow in the center of the bone slowly cooked out and melted away. 

osso buco beef shanks cooked in a braiser.

The Ingredients

Like many other timeless recipes, osso buco is all about turning ordinary ingredients into a masterpiece. So just what goes into this? Let’s see:

  • Olive Oil: For browning the beef and cooking the vegetables. If you like, you can substitute another oil, like avocado oil. 
  • Beef Shanks: This lean cut of meat takes a long time to cook, but is well worth the effort!
  • Salt and Pepper: Freshly cracked or ground pepper gives the most intense flavor.
  • Celery, Carrot, and Onion: Dice up the vegetables to flavor the sauce.
  • Garlic: Mince up the garlic, or put it through a press.
  • Wine: Use a full-bodied red wine that you enjoy drinking. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just tasty! Avoid using salted cooking wines that aren’t meant for drinking, since these contain added ingredients and can give an unpleasant flavor.
  • Crushed Tomatoes: Canned crushed tomatoes are fine here. Imported Italian crushed tomatoes are generally considered to be sweeter.
  • Beef Broth: To help balance out the braising liquid. Use low-sodium broth if you are concerned about the salt content.
  • Thyme: Fresh thyme sprigs are great, or you could use dried thyme.
  • Bay Leaves: Bay leaves add a pungent flavor.
  • Parsley: Chopped fresh parsley is the perfect garnish. You can omit this, if you prefer!
three large bone in beef shanks in a braiser.

How to Make Osso Bucco

If you’re familiar with the process for making homemade beef stew, then osso buco will be a snap for you! It’s a tried-and-true method for creating a meaty, complex dish that’s full of flavor.

  1. Preheat the Oven, and Brown the Beef. Before you start cooking, make sure your oven is preheating to 350˚F. Then, heat a swirl of olive oil in a Dutch oven (or a braiser) over medium-high heat. Using paper towels, pat the beef shanks dry, and then rub them with a little more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then brown the shanks for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  2. Cook the Vegetables. Remove the beef shanks from the Dutch oven and set them aside in a bowl or on a platter, covered. Next, place the Dutch oven back on the heat, and reduce the heat to medium. Add the diced celery, carrots, and onions to the pot, along with a little more oil, if needed. Cook the veggies for 4 minutes, stirring frequently, and then follow with the garlic and cook for just about 15 seconds before deglazing with wine.
  3. Deglaze the Pan. Pour the wine over the vegetables to deglaze the pan, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. 
  4. Make the Sauce. Let this mixture cook for about 8 minutes, and then stir in the crushed tomatoes and beef broth, along with the thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer.
  5. Braise the Beef. Return the browned beef shanks to the braiser, and cover it with the lid. Place it in the preheated oven and let it cook for an hour. When the time is up, the meat should be fall-apart tender. If it isn’t, let it cook for ten or twenty minutes longer.
  6. Reduce the Sauce. Once the meat is very tender, put the osso buco back on the stovetop. Take the beef out (you may want to use a slotted spoon for this) and set it aside in a clean serving dish. Turn the heat to medium-high, and let the sauce simmer rapidly for 5 minutes, until it reduces and thickens. 
  7. Serve. Pour the sauce over the beef shanks, garnish with parsley, and serve warm.
cooking tomato sauce in a braiser

Helpful Tips and Tricks

Making this old-fashioned recipe is super simple, but I do have a couple of handy tips to share! Take a glance at these easy hints for making the perfect osso buco.

  • Thicken the Sauce: If you find that the sauce isn’t quite thick enough for your taste, mix up a cornstarch slurry and whisk it into the simmering sauce while it cooks. A teaspoon of cornstarch mixed into a little bit of cold water is all you need!
  • Remove the Skin: Some beef and veal shanks are sold with a thin layer of fatty skin around them. You don’t have to remove this, but it can shrink during the cooking process and cause the shank slices to curl. For the best presentation, use a sharp knife and your finger to cut and peel it away from the meat and discard it. If you want, tie the beef with kitchen twine to keep it from falling apart.
  • Substitute White Wine: Using white wine is also a great choice for osso buco! You can use any good dry white wine with a bold flavor.
  • Substitute Veal: This dish is also wonderful with tender veal shanks. However, make sure not to overcook them, or the meat will be dry.
overhead shot of cooked osso buco beef shanks

What to Serve with Osso Buco

To serve this beautiful, rustic dish, I like to make a couple of sides that add texture and contrast, while still letting the osso buco shine.

  • Mashed Potatoes: Rice, polenta, and pasta are all great starchy sides, but I particularly love classic Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are such a refreshing side dish with a deep, tender braise like this. And you can’t beat the crispness of Easy Roasted Green Beans!
  • Breadsticks: A flavorful favorite, these Easy Keto Breadsticks are a low-carb side that’s sure to please!

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

  • Store leftover osso buco in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Reheat in a covered, ovenproof dish in a 350˚F oven until heated through.

Can I Freeze Osso Buco?

  • Osso buco freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to two months. Just store the meat with its juices in freezer bags or airtight containers, and mark with the date.

ENJOY!

four bone in beef shanks cooked in a braiser with tomato sauce.

Easy Osso Buco

Katerina | Diethood
Rich, robust, and satisfying, this Easy Osso Buco is a simple, but elegant main course that comes together in one pot. You’ll love the bold flavor of beef shanks cooked in wine with garlic, herbs, and crushed tomatoes.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a dutch oven or a braiser set over medium-high heat.
  • Pat dry the beef shanks; rub with remaining olive oil and season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Add the shanks to the hot oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until nicely browned.
  • Remove the shanks from the pan and set aside; keep covered.
  • Return pan to the burner and reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the diced celery, carrots, and onions to the pan. Add more oil, if needed.
  • Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.
  • Add the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  • Continue to cook for 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and beef broth; add in the thyme sprigs and bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.
  • Return the beef shanks to the pan.
  • Cover and place in the oven.
  • Cook for 1 to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until meat is fall-apart tender.
  • Return the pan back to the stovetop and set it over medium-high heat.
  • Remove the beef shanks and set aside on a plate.
  • Cook the sauce for 5 minutes, or until reduced and thickened.
  • Pour sauce over beef shanks.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • NET CARBS: 10 g

Nutrition

Calories: 373 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 33 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Cholesterol: 53 mg | Sodium: 361 mg | Potassium: 1130 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 1960 IU | Vitamin C: 11 mg | Calcium: 80 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Net Carbs: 10 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef shank, braised beef, osso buco beef
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