Slow-Cooker Beef Osso Bucco

My easy Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco comes with a thick, savory tomato sauce and chunks of tender, slow-cooked vegetables! Treat yourself and your guests to elegant Italian comfort food at its best, without any stress and little prep work!Slow-Cooker Beef Osso Buco served in a white bowl

This Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco is hands down the tastiest meal I have ever cooked in a slow-cooker. Honestly, it totally blows my mind.

Solal and Meriam (my friend visiting us in Sydney) gave this Italian comfort food classic rave reviews and were super excited to have some twice in a row for dinner last week.

The savory tomato sauce is probably what we liked best about this Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco. It’s made of balsamic vinegar, tomato paste and tomato sauce, along with a few fresh basil leaves and some garlic cloves.

Everything tastes better with garlic and basil in my book! The flavors of this Beef Osso Bucco are so comforting and round… you’re going to love this easy yet elegant Italian beef dish!

Serve my Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower and you’ll go straight to heaven, I’m telling you!

overhead shot of Slow-Cooker Beef Osso Bucco served in a white bowl with a fork on the side

Before you run off to the kitchen to make this slow-cooked Italian Beef Osso Bucco, a word about the cut of meat:

Beef shank is a cheap cut of meat that can be a bit tough when not cooked properly. Thanks to the slow cooking method, however, the beef is very tender and delicious.

All in all, this Classic Italian Beef Osso Bucco recipe is very budget-friendly: the only ‘pricey’ ingredient is balsamic vinegar but you only use 1/4 cup.

I love the fact that you can feed your family an outstanding Italian dinner for so little money and effort. This Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco is also a perfectly easy, yet impressive dish to serve at a dinner party.

If you tried this Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco, don’t forget to rate the recipe below and let me know how it went in the comments – I love hearing from you! You can also follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook for more deliciousness and behind-the-scenes!

My easy Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco comes with a thick, savory tomato sauce and chunks of tender, slow-cooked vegetables! Treat yourself and your guests to elegant Italian comfort food at its best, without any stress and little prep work!
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Slow-Cooker Beef Osso Bucco

My easy Slow Cooker Beef Osso Bucco comes with a thick, savory tomato sauce and chunks of tender, slow-cooked vegetables! Treat yourself and your guests to elegant Italian comfort food at its best, without any stress and little prep work!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beef, dinner, easy, guests, Italian, meal prep, osso bucco, slow cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Slow-cooker cooking time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 318 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pieces beef osso buco also called beef shanks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 small carrots sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves cut in half and germ removed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 oz tomato paste 1 can
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on high heat. Brown each piece of meat on both sides and transfer to crock-pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In the same skillet, add carrots and garlic, and cook for about 1 minutes. Transfer to a crock-pot.

  3. In a bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, tomato sauce and basil leaves. Pour over meat in crock-pot.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours and serve with mashed potatoes and a green salad.

Nutrition Facts
Slow-Cooker Beef Osso Bucco
Amount Per Serving (1 osso buco with sauce)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 797mg 33%
Potassium 1453mg 42%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 13g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 225.3%
Vitamin C 23.2%
Calcium 9.1%
Iron 32.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 Comments
  1. Just wanted to let you know I found this recipe on Yummly and have made it twice—both times it turned out GREAT and my husband loved it! Tonight, he actually came into the kitchen to get seconds! 🙂 Since I am just cooking for the two of us, this recipe makes a second meal for us to enjoy too. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. I don’t own a pressure cooker myself so I’m not sure how you should adjust the recipe for it. Sorry I can’t help you more May.

    2. I made it in an instant pot. 40 mins on high pressure. Added some beef broth for liquid as I saw in other pressure cooker recipes. Turned out delicious!

  2. Do you add any water, in the slow cooker? I’m “baching” for a month and am no cook but thought I could try this out. I had an idea that meat in the slow cooker had to be covered by liquid for duration of the cooking, but maybe I’m wrong about that?

  3. I’m making this for the first time today and it already smells amazing. Fresh basil from the garden and good quality passata and balsamic made for a tasty sauce. Can’t wait till it’s ready!

  4. Iv made this twice. Today I added extra veggies (eggplant & zucchini) because I had them in the fridge. It’s restaurant quality. My whole family loves it. Thank you for the great recipe

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe. So easy to make! I don’t think I’ll ever make stew any other way from now on.

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