Hearty Veal Shank and Vegetable Soup
Carrots, tomatoes, white beans and fresh spinach complement the richness of the veal shanks in this hearty, one-pot meal.
3 tablespoons olive oil - divided use
4 pounds veal shanks, cut 1 1/2-inches thick
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
2 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 (16-ounce.) can white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed, cut into big strips
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in stockpot over medium heat. Cook veal in batches to brown on all sides. Remove from pan; set aside.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan if needed. Cook onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and scraping up any browned bits.
- Stir in tomatoes with liquid, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Add water, wine, basil, thyme, salt and pepper to pan. Return shanks to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer 1 hour or until meat is tender.
- Remove shanks from pan; cool to touch. Remove meat from shanks and return to pan; discard bones. Add carrots and continue cooking, covered, until carrots are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans and spinach; heat through.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of Beef Industry Council.