Veal Marengo

Veal Marengo
Marengo made with chunks of veal, simmered long and slow in a tomato sauce with mushrooms and onions.

This is a recipe with historical roots, named after one of Napoleon's battles, near Marengo in Italy in June 1800.
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Last modified on: May 10th 2023

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33 min.2 hours 21 min.2 hours 54 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 10 min.
Veal Marengo
Cut 1 kg veal into large chunks.

There's no need to use prime veal, a cheap cut will work very well.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Veal Marengo
Prepare 300 g button or field mushrooms then slice them.


Stage 3 - 5 min.
Veal Marengo
Prepare 2 onions and chop finely.

Set aside.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Veal Marengo
Pour 4 tablespoons olive oil into a large pan on high heat. When good and hot, add the chunks of veal.

Stage 5 - 7 min.
Veal Marengo
Fry until just starting to brown, then transfer to a plate and salt.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Veal Marengo
Immediately after, fry 150 g small pieces of smoked bacon until starting to brown.

Transfer to the same plate.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Veal Marengo
Put the mushrooms into the pan...

Stage 8 - 7 min.
Veal Marengo
...and fry in the meat juices. No need to add any salt.

Transfer to plate with the meat.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Veal Marengo
Pour 4 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. When hot, add the chopped onion, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes while stirring.

Stage 10 - 1 min.
Veal Marengo
Tip the meat and mushrooms back into the pan and mix well.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Veal Marengo
Add 750 g peeled and chopped tomatoes and 200 ml dry white wine, mix well and deglaze the pan, then turn the heat right down.

Stage 12 - 2 hours
Veal Marengo
Put on the lid and leave to simmer for at least 2 hours.

Stage 13 - 2 min.
Veal Marengo
About 5 minutes before serving, add a little chopped parsley and check the seasoning.

Serve with rice or pasta, for example.
Legend has it that the recipe was developed by Dunan, one of Napoleon's cooks, on the eve of the battle. Cut off from the usual supplies, he concocted the dish from what was available locally: chicken, tomatoes, wine and parsley.

We've come a long way from the original recipe. These days it tends to be a slow-cooked dish, similar to beef bourguignon, but with tomatoes dominating.

As with any slow-cooked recipe, it will keep and reheats very well, even a number of times. It also freezes well.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,047 Kcal or 16,944 Kj223 gr69 gr320 gr
202 %86 %6 %48 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
146 Kcal or 611 Kj8 gr2 gr12 gr
7 %3 %<1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
674 Kcal or 2,822 Kj37 gr11 gr53 gr
34 %14 %1 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 22.36 €
  • Per person : 3.73 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Veal Veal : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Veal with mushrooms and green asparagus, Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust), Veal Chop With Assortment of Vegetables, Saltimbocca, Blanquette of veal, ... All
Peeled and chopped tomatoesPeeled and chopped tomatoes: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Pissaladière with puff pastry, Sausages with baked beans, French style, Rice à l'italienne, Sausage rougail, Tomato sauce for pizzas, ... All
Button or field mushroomsButton or field mushrooms: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Radish and mushroom salad, Sausage mushroom and cheese crumble, Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie, Koulibiak in pie dish, Sautéed pork with mushrooms in a cream sauce., ... All
Dry white wineDry white wine: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Spaghetti with mussels and basil, Langoustine gratin, Blanquette of veal, Filet mignon with asparagus, Salmon with sorrel, ... All
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