Osso bucco with white bean purée

Osso bucco with white bean purée

Something for Everyone
Ben Dearnley

If your child still has daytime sleeps, this is a great dish to make while he’s down. It means dinner will be well and truly ready when that evening witching hour comes around!


Quantity Ingredient
6 large osso bucco
50g plain flour
60ml olive oil
2 carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500ml reduced-salt beef stock
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
or 500g fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
green beans, steamed, to serve
micro herbs, (optional), to serve

White bean purée

Quantity Ingredient
800g tinned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
70g ground almonds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove
125ml olive oil


  1. To make the white bean purée, place the beans, ground almonds, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor and process to combine. Add the oil and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside until needed.
  2. Wipe the osso bucco dry with paper towel and dust with the flour to coat. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole over medium–high heat. Working in batches, add the osso bucco and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until brown all over. Remove the osso bucco to a plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, add the carrot, celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the stock, tomatoes and 375 ml water. Using a spatula, lightly scrape the base of the dish to loosen any cooked-on flour. Return the osso bucco to the dish, stir through the balsamic vinegar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Remove the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Serve the osso bucco on serving plates with the white bean purée, steamed green beans and micro herbs (if using).

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend together some of the osso bucco (no bone), white bean purée and green beans, adding as much liquid (water or your baby’s milk) as needed to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, keep the purée more textured, and let him pick up the beef and carrot in his hands.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as for an older baby.
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