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5 from 56 votes

Braised Pork Osso Bucco

When it comes to comfort food Pork Osso Bucco is at the top of my list. This easy to make delicious pork dish warms the body and the soul.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 960kcal


  • Dutch Oven


  • 4 pork shanks approx 5 pounds total weight
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour seasoned with sea salt and blacck pepper to dredge pork shanks
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 4 ribs celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sprigs rosemary


  • Dredge the pork shanks in flour seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add vegetable oil to a large dutch oven (6-7 quarts or a large skillet) over medium-high heat. Sear the pork shanks for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Once seared on all sides, remove the pork shanks from the pan and set aside until needed.
    **Discard the oil if it’s burnt and start with fresh oil, but don’t clean out the pan. We want all those tasty bits stuck to the pan for the sauce.
  • Add the celery, carrots, onions, to the pot. Let the vegetables cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until they have all been lightly cooked
  • After lightly cooking the vegetables, add the red wine to the dutch oven. Turn the heat down and scrape all the bits off the bottom of the pan.
    **This process is called deglazing.
  • After deglazing the pan, add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs to the pot.
    Allow the mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Add the pork shanks back into the pot of tomato sauce. Cover and place into a preheated 325-degree oven and let the pork shanks braise in the sauce for 3 hours.
  • After three hours, the pork shanks will be fork tender and incredibly delicious. As you can see there is a good amount of fat that has been cooked off.
    Gently remove the pork shanks from the pan and skim off most of the fat. Mix the remaining fat into the sauce. This fat will add an incredible amount of flavor so don’t take it all out.
  • Spoon the finished tomato sauce onto a serving dish or casserole and place the pork shanks on the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with potatoes, polenta, or your favorite pasta or grain and enjoy!



Calories: 960kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 130g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 377mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 2904mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 6744IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 9mg