Vegetarian osso buco


My favourite part of osso buco is not the meat… but the vegetables part. So here’s a recipe that takes the ingredients and seasoning of osso buco and turns it into an Italian-inspired vegan dish.

The recipe involves simmering carrots in a sauce made of tomatoes, celery, onions and white wine, and seasoning it with gremolata (Italian parsley seasoning).

If you want to prepare a classic osso buco, simply add pieces of veal shank to this recipe.

Serve this vegetable preparation with pasta, gnocchi, rice or cereal cakes, for example.

Vegetarian osso buco

Servings 4
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 400/450 g carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 400 g canned tomatoes or fresh ones, depending on the season
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 8 sprigs of parsley
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ lemon or ½ orange


  • Wash the carrots, cut them on the bias into slices (medium thickness).
  • Chop the onion and finely dice the celery stalk.
  • Steam the carrots for about 10 minutes. They should be barely tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a frying pan. Brown the onion, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, add the celery. Continue to stir and fry for a further 5 minutes. The onion should be tender and translucent.
  • Then add the carrots to the pan. Fry for 2/3 minutes and add the white wine. Let the wine evaporate and the vegetables simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • After that, pour in the tomatoes (diced beforehand). Add the flour and stir to mix it well with the tomato juice.
  • Simmer for 30-40 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the gremolata. Rinse and dry the parsley. Chop it finely. Finely chop the garlic. Remove the lemon or orange peel (organic). Mix everything together in a bowl and sprinkle with a tablespoon of lemon or orange juice.
  • Add the mixture to the vegetables 5 minutes before stopping the cooking. Your dish is ready!


Some ideas to customize the recipe:
  • you can add a little squeezed orange juice to the tomato sauce if you want to reinforce the acidity of the dish
  • you can also add ingredients to make this dish even more delicious: mushrooms cut into quarters, black olives, etc.
  • don’t hesitate to sprinkle the dish with parmesan shavings just before serving
  • you want to to “replace” the meat of the classic osso buco, you can add tofu or seitan for instance
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian

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