Osso Buco – From your Slow Cooker

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This Slow Cooker Osso Buco is super flavorful and tender. Serve it over noodles or mashed potatoes for the most delicious and amazing dinner.

Do you want to know one of the BEST feelings? Forgetting that you put something yummy in the crockpot before leaving for work and then walking in the door being greeted by deliciousness!!! That’s what happened to me last night.

Osso Buco is such an amazing dish. With its rich gravy, falling off the bone meatiness, and topping of zesty, garlicky, gremolata. It’s tough to beat this one!

However, Osso Buco is a slow cooking dish. You would normally need to let it cook on the stove for at least two hours. Hard to do on a weeknight!!! That’s where your slow cooker comes in.

How to Make Osso Buco

There are two keys to this recipe – Browning the veal before it goes in the crockpot, and reducing the sauce before serving. You can brown up your shanks the night before and place them in the your slow cooker insert along with the other ingredients. In the morning, just pull the insert out of the fridge, place it in your crockpot, and turn the heat on low. Cook for 6-8 hours and you’re left with super tender meat and rich flavored sauce.

All you need to do when you get home is fix some mashed potatoes or rice, reduce your sauce, and prepare a quick gremolata of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. You’ll enjoy this one – Trust me!!!

Slow Cooker Osso Buco Recipe

Overhead close up of bowl with polenta and osso buco.

Slow Cooker Osso Buco

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crockpot osso bucco, osso bucco
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 185 kcal
Author: Adopted from Recipe by Allison Fishman - Fine Cooking

This Slow Cooker Osso Buco is super flavorful and tender. Serve it over noodles or mashed potatoes for the most delicious and amazing dinner. 



  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 1 1/2 - 2 inch thick veal shanks about 2-1/2 lb.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dry vermouth or white wine
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup bone broth or chicken stock
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated


  1. Put the flour in a wide, shallow dish. Season the veal shanks all over with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour; shake off the excess flour.
  2. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, and when it foams, add the shanks to the skillet. Cook until golden, turning once, about 10 minutes. Transfer the shanks to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the wine to the skillet. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet and pour the contents of the skillet into the slow cooker. Add the tomatoes and their juices, chicken broth, onion, carrot, celery, and thyme. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours—the meat will be very tender and almost falling off the bone.
  4. Transfer the shanks to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Strain the sauce from the slow cooker into a large skillet. Simmer over medium heat until reduced to about 2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest, and garlic to make a gremolata. Serve the veal shanks topped with the sauce and the gremolata.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Osso Buco
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3080IU62%
Vitamin C 11.4mg14%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Be sure to get a nice brown on your veal shanks before they go into the slow cooker.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Osso Buco:

  • If you have extra time, this would go great with a saffron risotto.
  • For a thicker sauce, mix together 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Add that to your reduced sauce mixture and heat until sauce is thickened to your liking.
  • You can also prepare this dish using beef shanks rather than veal.

Osso Buco Wine Pairings:

  • I paired this Osso Bucco with a Syrah.
  • This would also pair wonderfully with a rich Italian wine such as a Chianti Classico, Barbaresco or Barolo.



  1. Christine from Cook the Story

    Osso Bucco is such a special dish, and yours looks so perfectly done.


    1. Erin

      Thanks SO much Christine – It’s one of my favorite dishes to prepare in the chilly season!


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