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Veal Stew in the Style of Ossobuco

Cut the Calories Veal Stew

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

This recipe for Veal Stew in the Style of Ossobuco is from Good Morning America's "Cut the Calories Cookbook."


  • 1 cup yellow onion (about 1 medium-size onion), finely diced
  • 1/3 cup celery (about 1 small rib), finely diced
  • 3/4 cup carrot (about 1 medium-large carrot), finely diced
  • 2 small cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. dried leaf thyme, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless lean veal shoulder, trimmed of fat and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (such as soave or pinot grigio)
  • 1can peeled whole Italian plum tomatoes (28-ounce), drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans chicken broth (14.25-ounce - reduced-sodium, nonfat)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 large Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup chives (about 1 medium-size bunch), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2-tbsp. low fat sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    For Stew: Spray medium-size Dutch oven well with nonstick cooking spray and set over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add onion, celery and carrot and sauté, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften — about 3 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook and stir 1 minute more. Scoop vegetables into large bowl and reserve.

    Place flour, salt, and pepper in large plastic bag and shake to combine. Pat veal chunks dry, then dredge a few chunks at a time by shaking in seasoned flour in bag. Shake excess flour from each batch.

    Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to Dutch oven and heat over moderately high heat until ripples appear on pan bottom — 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add half the dredged veal and brown well on all sides — 5 to 7 minutes. Lift browned veal to bowl with vegetables. Add remaining tablespoon oil to Dutch oven, brown remaining veal the same way, and add to the bowl.

    Pour wine into Dutch oven and boil, scraping up browned bits, until reduced by half — about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and chicken broth, return reserved veal and vegetables to pot, and bring to a boil. Mix in 2 tablespoons parsley.

    Cover, transfer to oven, and braise, stirring every half-hour, until veal if fork-tender — about 1 1/2 hours.

    Spoon three-fourths of vegetables in Dutch oven and 1/2 cup kettle liquid into food processor or electric blender and cool 15 minutes.

    For mashed potatoes: Boil potatoes in just enough water to cover in covered medium-size saucepan until tender — about 12 minutes. Drain well, add remaining ingredients and mash until fluffy. Keep warm.

    To finish stew, pulse cooled vegetable mixture in food processor until smooth — about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir back into Dutch oven and bring stew quickly to serving temperature.

    To serve, divide mashed potatoes among eight heated dinner plates centering on plates, and with the back of a spoon, make well in each potato mound. Ladle stew over all and sprinkle lightly with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.

    Note: Veal shanks, the traditional cut for this Italian classic are loaded with fat, the marrow inside the bones contributing the lion's share. This recipe uses lean veal shoulder, trimmed of fat, and fat-free chicken broth.

    Recipe from "Good Morning America Cut the Calories Cookbook" c.2000, Hyperion

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: veal shoulder, white wine, garlic, tomatoes

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup

    More Info: Low Calorie

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