Beef Shank: A Braised and Savory Italian Classic that Belongs on Your Table

Bring the comfort of Italian cuisine to your own home with this unbeatable shank beef dish. Flavorful and tender, beef shank is a classic Italian stew with a history dating back to the Roman Empire. This old-world recipe combines simple ingredients for a luxurious outcome that has stood the test of time.


• 2.2-2.5 pounds of beef shank
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 1 large carrot, finely chopped
• 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 cups beef broth
• 1 cup red wine (optional)
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef shanks, and cook until browned on all sides (about 10 minutes).

2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the garlic, onion, carrot, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes until vegetables are softened.

3. Add the tomato paste, beef broth, red wine (if using), bay leaves and oregano. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight fitting lid, place the Dutch oven in the pre-heated oven, and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Once the beef is tender and cooked through, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Suggestion

Serve this beef shank with your favorite side dish for a delicious and comforting meal. The beef shank is perfect atop a bed of creamy polenta or creamy mashed potatoes. Garnish with fresh parsley for an extra pop of flavor.

Beef shank is a classic Italian stew that easily adorns your table. Using simple ingredients, this savory and tender dish has been enjoyed for centuries. Enjoy it with a side of your favorite vegetables or starch to complete a comforting and nourishing meal.