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Classic Sunday Pot Roast

Servings: Serves 6 to 8

When you want a hearty dinner of meltingly tender meat, turn to pot roast. Though it takes a few hours to make from start to finish, there’s little work involved, and it can be made a day or two ahead and reheated. Because there are vegetables braised along with the meat, it’s basically a one-pot meal. That said, mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, or even just crusty bread would be most welcome to help mop up the delicious made-right-in-the-pot sauce that accompanies the meat and vegetables. Learn how you can create your own customized pot roast recipe.


  • 3 to 4 lb. boneless beef chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive or canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 large ribs celery, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought lower-salt beef broth
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups quartered baby red potatoes
  • 2 cups quartered cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 360
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 115
  • Sodium (mg): 530
  • Carbohydrates (g): 7
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 36


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 325°F. If you want neat slices, use butcher’s twine to snugly tie the roast every 2 inches or so down its length; otherwise, leave it untied. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  • In a 6- to 7-quart Dutch oven or other deep, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the roast and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary and flipping once about halfway through, until well browned on both sides, about 15 minutes total. Transfer the roast to a large plate and set aside. Discard all but about 2 Tbs. of the fat.
  • Return the pot to medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots and celery, and cook until they begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes more (you are not going to cook them completely at this point).
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any brown bits, until reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaves, and 1 tsp. salt. Return the roast and any of its accumulated juices to the pot, nestling it into the liquid and vegetables. (If necessary, spoon some of the vegetables into a bowl temporarily to make room for the roast, and then spoon the vegetables back over the top.)
  • Bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a single layer of foil and then a heavy, tight-fitting lid. Transfer to the oven, and cook for 1-1/2 hours.
  • Carefully uncover the pot and gently stir in the potatoes and mushrooms, flipping over the roast in the process. Re-cover with the foil and the lid, return to the oven, and continue cooking until both the meat and vegetables are very tender, about 1 hour more.
  • Using tongs, carefully transfer the roast to a cutting board or large platter. Remove and discard twine, if using. To suit your needs, either slice the roast against the grain for serving, or use a fork to pull apart the meat into thick chunks, discarding any unwanted fat. Using a slotted spoon, arrange the vegetables around the roast and garnish with the parsley.
  • Remove the bay leaves from the braising liquid.  If you like, use a spoon to skim off as much fat as possible. Season the braising liquid with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon some of the braising liquid over the top of the meat and vegetables, serving the extra on the side.


Pot roast can be adapted to a slow cooker. Since not much liquid is used, the amount can stay the same. (You may have more juices at the end, however. ) Sear and deglaze on the stove as the recipe directs, then transfer everything to the slow cooker to finish braising. Cook for 4 to 6 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • user-3164399 | 01/10/2022

    Just yummy! Agree about the longer cooking time needed. Next time I might add in turnips to increase the veggies

  • user-3009053 | 11/04/2021

    I made this on a wet foggy night. It warmed our hearts to have a traditional pot roast. Definitely our comfort food. A delish meal and easy to make.

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