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Braised Lamb Shank Osso Bucco Recipe

Updated on February 23, 2013

Osso Bucco is a dish that is often seen in many fancy Italian restaurants. It slow cooks to maximum tenderness and flavour, and is a perfect warm and heart meal on a cold winter day. The presentation is also beautiful, as the vibrant colours really make this dish one of the most appetizing meals you can make. Serve this dish will a crusty loaf of bread to soak up all the delicious sauce that has slow simmered with the braising meat. Not only is this dish a sure winner for any dinner party, but surprisingly it's also very easy to make - just don't tell your quests.


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people with 4 full lamb shanks with sauce


  • 4 lamb shanks, thawed
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 stock celery, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 jar tomato paste, small
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup condensed beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Italian spice mix
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 bottle dry red wine
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees celcius.
  2. Heat olive oil in deep heavy bottomed oven-friendly pot on medium-high heat. (I love my dutch oven!)
  3. Dredge lamb shanks in flour, shake off excess. Brown meat on all sides in hot oil, about 10 minutes. Remove meat from pot, and set aside. (Crispy edges is good - it adds great texture to the finished dish)
  4. Add chopped carrot, celery, onion, and spices to oil and meat drippings. Cook until vegetables begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Stir often.
  5. Add tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and vinegar to vegetable mixture, stir to combine. De-glaze pan by scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any bits stuck to the pan.
  6. Return browned lamb shanks to pot, and stir to combine.
  7. Add condensed beef broth and red wine to mixture, and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until reduced slightly.
  8. Cover pot with lit, and cook in oven for 2.5-3 hours.
  9. Serve lamb shanks with lots of sauce on its own, or over a risotto or potato dish that will soak up the sauce.

Some great dutch ovens that can be used for this recipe


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