Peppery Tuscan Beef Stew "Peposo"

Peppery Tuscan Beef Stew "Peposo"

Beef shank, garlic, lots of black pepper, and red wine — Chianti, if possible - slowly cooked until perfection.

The origin of this stew goes back to the 15th century in Florence. Infact it was cooked in the same oven used to bake the terracotta tiles for the Brunelleschi's famous Duomo. The furnace workers (fornaciai) would simply let it all bake slowly in a corner of their furnace until it was time to eat. It is still very popular in Tuscany today. Notwithstanding the term "peposo", which refers to the black pepper used for flavouring, it is not a spicy dish.

4 servings
Preparation 5 min
Cooking 7 h

240 calories per serving 


800 g blade pot roast, in large chunks    
4 cloves garlic, whole    
1 cup red wine   250 mL
1 pinch salt   0.1 g
2 1/2 tbsp peppercorns   26 g
1 tsp potato starch [optional]   3 g

Before you start

A slow cooker is needed to make this recipe.


  1. Cut the beef into large chunks.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the ceramic cooking pot. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook 6-8 h at low temperature, or until the meat is very tender. Alternatively, cook 4 h at high temperature.
  3. If there is too much liquid at the end, transfer it to a small pot then cook on medium heat until reduced. If needed, potato starch may be added to help thicken the sauce.
  4. Serve the meat with its cooking juices.


This stew can be prepared a few days in advance and brought to a simmer before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (140g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




8 g

13 %

Saturated 3.5 g
+ Trans 0.3 g

18 %


65 mg


50 mg

2 %


7 g

2 %


2 g

7 %


0 g


25 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

4 %


4 %


30 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¼ serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Free :
Low :
Source of :
Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin K
Good source of :
Magnesium, Potassium
Excellent source of :
Iron, Manganese, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Beef | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | High Iron | Kosher | Low Sodium | Slow Cook | Christmas | Italian

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