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Osso Buco

This recipe is adapted from the recipe served on the Sopranos, it takes a lot of time, but is worth the effort for a special occasion.


  • Ready Time : 0 min


4 Servings


  • 4 large veal shanks, about 1 to 1/14 pounds each
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 6 ribs celery, cleaned and diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Lightly dust veal shanks with flour, shaking off excess.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high flame. Add veal shanks and brown well, 2 to 3 minutes on each side and on edges. Remove shanks and place in a heavy, ovenproof pan or roasting pan.

Drain part of oil from saute pan, leaving about 1/3 cup. Reduce flame to medium and add onions, celery and carrots. Cook and stir vegetables until softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add wine and basil, increase flame to high, bring to a boil, then pour over veal shanks.

Add chicken broth and, if needed, water to roasting pan to reach about halfway up the shanks. Cover the pan and place in preheated oven and roast shanks for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 and cook for about 2 more hours.   If there is too much liquid, uncover for final 30 minutes.

Once cooked, transfer shanks to a serving dish and cover to keep warm. Place roasting pan over a high flame and bring juices to a boil until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon sauce over each veal shank and serve with pasta or risotto and more of the sauce. Garnish with basil.

Optional Gremolata topping: Combine 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, 2 tablespoons minced, fresh flat-leaf parsley and 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced. Stir into the sauce in the pan at the end, after cooking is finished, and baste meat.

About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




7 Responses to Osso Buco

  1. I wonder if chicken thighs or some other meat could be substituted for the veal? I really don’t care for veal.

    • I have seen it done with Lamb Shanks before, but if you are more of a chicken person then maybe try the chicken thighs on the bone and let us know how it comes out. You might want to decrease the cooking time.

  2. avatar says: mushi

    I am making this with lamb shanks, for Shabbos. (my butcher has lamb shanks on sale for $5.99 a lb., so I’ve stocked up, lol!) YUM! (I have made this with turkey legs and/or thighs, and it comes out quite good.) Very tasty recipe, and quite adaptable. Thanks again for another winner!

  3. avatar says: saskia_Cg

    can you make this in a crockpot and leave it overnight for shabbat lunch?

    • I am not sure, but that is a great question. I don’t know if it would be too cooked if left that long, I think a slow cooker for the day would be fine, but the 18 hours or so for Shabbat lunch maybe too much. If you try it, please let me know.

  4. avatar says: rachel

    do i have to use so much oil

  5. avatar says: Ruth

    This was a lovely dish. I added extra salt which I didn’t need to do. The veal was so soft and tasty. I agree one does not need to use so much oil – just need enough to brown the veal shanks.

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