Ossobuco is a classic Italian dish made with veal shanks. It is usually served with risotto alla milanese, but can also be served with polenta or mashed potatoes. The dish is traditionally made with a white wine sauce, but a red wine sauce can also be used. Ossobuco is a rich and hearty dish that is perfect for a winter meal.


  • 4 veal shanks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the veal shanks and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Add the white wine and cook until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover the pot and simmer for another 30 minutes, or until the veal shanks are very tender.
  6. Remove the veal shanks from the pot and transfer to a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. To make the sauce, whisk the flour into the sauce in the pot and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve the sauce over the veal shanks.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want a richer dish, you can add some beef broth to the sauce. You can also add some cream to the sauce if you like. If you want a more traditional dish, you can use a red wine sauce instead of a white wine sauce. You can also add some chopped parsley to the sauce for some freshness.

What other food it works well with

Ossobuco goes well with risotto alla milanese, polenta, or mashed potatoes. It also goes well with a green vegetable, such as steamed broccoli or green beans.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is to overcook the veal shanks. They should be cooked until they are very tender, but not so long that they fall apart. Another mistake is to use too much flour in the sauce. This will make it thick and pasty.

Nutritional Information

Ossobuco is a very rich and hearty dish. Each serving has about 500 calories. It is high in protein and fat, and also has a fair amount of carbohydrates. It is also quite high in sodium.


Ossobuco contains the following allergens:

  • Veal
  • Wheat
  • Olive oil

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