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Beef Shank with Red Wine in the Pot

Cuisine: Italian

Cooked in a pot, casserole or an iron dutch oven – a quick & easy variation on Osso Buco (which is an Italian traditional classic dish).

Serves 4 – 6
Cooking time: 60 minutes
You will need: a pot, or a casserole or an iron dutch oven


  • 3 slices of beef shank, including the marrow bone
  • 1 dry onion, medium size, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, large, diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, diced
  • 1 generous pinch of dry marjoram
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1/3 to 1/2 bottle of red wine
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Add the olive oil in the pot.
  2. Dice the onion, garlic, parsley – add them in the pot.
  3. In a small bowl, mix salt, pepper and marjoram.(We will call this mixture “the spices” from now on.)
  4. Saute the onion, garlic and parsley for a few minutes.
  5. Take half of the sauteed mixture out of the pot, put it in a bowl.
  6. Arrange the rest of the mixture in a layer, at the bottom of the pot.
  7. Place the two beef shanks on top of the mixture.
  8. Add “the spices” to taste.
  9. With the rest of the sauteed mixture, form a layer on top of the beef shanks.
  10. Place the third beef shank on top of the layer.
  11. Add the red wine in the pot. It should not cover the beef.
  12. Add the diced mandarin orange.
  13. Bring the pot to a boil, then lower the fire to medium and simmer for about 60 minutes.
  14. Turn off the fire, let it sit in the pot for some time (or hours, if you like)
  15. Simmer again, in low fire, for 30 minutes before you serve.


Some bread to soak up the juice would be… very nice. 🙂

Other than that, rice (preferably brown), potatoes or pasta (Casarecce, Orzo or Papardelle would go very nicely with it).

Notes on the Beef Shank with Red Wine in the Pot

  • Half way through cooking, you might want to shift the top beef shank to the bottom of the pot.
  • The recipe can be safely scaled by 50%.
  • DO NOT USE WATER as a cooking liquid.
  • The key ingredient in this recipe is the dry marjoram.

A bit of Science

Marjoram is of the oregano family. According to this source it contains:

  • Vitamin A: 6% Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
  • Calcium: 8% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 3.5% RDA
  • Iron: 18% RDA

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