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Slow cooker osso buco is unbelievably tender and full of flavor. There is nothing intimidating about making this restaurant favorite at home!

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Osso buco is one of those dishes that seem super intimidating because all fancy restaurants have it on their menu. The name is fancy but that’s the only thing that’s fancy about it. Everything about osso buco is simple especially the preparation of it in a slow cooker. I guess everything but the flavor. That is quite possibly the best part when you first take a bite into this slow cooker osso buco.

Slow cooker osso buco is unbelievably tender and full of flavor. There is nothing intimidating about making this restaurant favorite at home!

This slow cooker osso buco recipe comes from Gina Homolka, blogger of Skinnytaste and NYT best-selling author (twice) for her cookbooks! This recipe comes from her latest cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, and already one of my favorites in my large collection of cookbooks. I love the variety of recipes in it but most importantly, all the quick recipes for busy weeknights and also the slow cooker recipes. Who doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe?

Not to mention her recipes are healthy, as well, which is in line with her blog’s philosophy: delicious, healthy, low fat, family-friendly!

Slow cooker osso buco is unbelievably tender and full of flavor. There is nothing intimidating about making this restaurant favorite at home!

This slow cooker osso buco was phenomenal. Fork tender and full of flavor. As Gina says, “as it cooks over the course of the day, the house becomes filled with a savory ‘welcome home’ aroma.”

Slow cooker osso buco is unbelievably tender and full of flavor. There is nothing intimidating about making this restaurant favorite at home!

Slow cooker osso buco is unbelievably tender and full of flavor. There is nothing intimidating about making this restaurant favorite at home!

Special occasion or cravings for that restaurant dish, you can’t go wrong with making this at home in the slow cooker and being in the comfort of your own home!

Slow Cooker Osso Buco

A deliciously flavorful and fork tender slow cooker dish that you can easily make at home. Osso buco is not as intimidating as you think!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 pieces veal shank, each about 1 1/4 inches thick (about 2 pounds total)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup chopped onion
  • cup chopped celery
  • cup chopped carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ¼ cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for topping

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Instructions

  • Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Season veal shanks with salt then sear all four sides until browned but not cooked through. Add to the insert of a slow cooker.
  • Then add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, black pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Stir to mix a bit.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Discard sprigs of thyme and rosemary. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top prior to serving, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Reprinted with permission from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 296 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 45 g | Fat: 9 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: slow cooker recipes

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Recipe Rating




Gary R.

Monday 26th of September 2022

Really good Osso Bucco. Made mine basically as your recipe with a couple exceptions. I learned from my mother to cook with red/white wine, brandy or beer, I guess from her French background, so I used a cup of burgundy. A 1/4 cup burgundy with 1/4 cup beef broth went in to deglaze my pan with the onions (chopped leeks) before being added to the slow cooker. My wife likes the baby carrots medley so that’s what I used instead of chopped carrots. The rest of the burgundy and beef broth went directly into the slow cooker. My wife has dementia so I do the cooking and recipes are focused on what she likes and will eat. She really liked this recipe.

William Smith

Sunday 7th of August 2022

So as a home welcoming, a family friend and his wife went away on vacation to the Bahamas, they'll come home to this very dish with this very recipe. Served over white rice, as a thank you for everything they've done for me. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks in advance.

Rose

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

This was very good! I made it exactly as written and left it in my crockpot for 10 hrs on low. The meat fell off the bones and was sooo good. We put it over rice and it was great. Dinner was ready when we arrived home and the house smelled great!

Danni

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Can you make this from frozen? I have beef osso bucco

Caryn Menard

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

@Julie Chiou, you should never cook frozen meat in your slow cooker. At the low temp of a slow cooker bacteria can run rampant.

Julie Chiou

Sunday 28th of February 2021

yes, you should be able to! just might have to cook slightly longer since it'll be real thick and frozen

Bonita Johnson

Friday 22nd of May 2020

can this be made with pork shanks

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

I haven't tried that before so I'm not sure how it would turn out