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Slow Cooker Osso Buco

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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!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

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

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.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Osso Buco
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 45g90%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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Recipe Rating




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

Karen Pakula

Saturday 29th of February 2020

Looks delicious. I have one beef center cut shank that weighs 1.33 lbs. How do you think it would work to halve your recipe? Thank you.

Julie Wampler

Monday 2nd of March 2020

You can easily halve this! There is a ticker next to 'servings' and you can just halve that number.

Brett

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

Hello! I do not eat veal - would you recommend making this with beef shanks? Any modifications that you can think of? Thank you!

Julie Wampler

Monday 24th of December 2018

Beef shanks would definitely work! No modifications I can think of. Unless your shanks are huge and thick, I think you're okay with the time and amounts of everything.

Chuey

Friday 5th of October 2018

Thanks for this recipe, smaller amount is better cos I'm only feeding two. Suggestion (for you and all recipe sites): include the number of servings a recipe makes--the betteff to calculate nutritional whatnot.

Your photographs are gorgeous, mouthwatering! But girl? Shine yo' silver!?

Julie

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi, I do include the number of servings. If you didn't see above, it says 4 servings. Additionally, thank you for your compliments on my photography! But, antique silverware is part of food photography and we food photographers actually source out antiqued and rusted silverware to give the photos a certain depth of aesthetic feel. Sorry that bothers you.

Michelle

Sunday 15th of April 2018

This was delicious and even better the next day. My first time and cooked stove top 3hrs. Next time I'll try slow cooker method. Also topped with an orange gremolata. Yummy!

Julie

Monday 16th of April 2018

Yum!!