Classic Pot Roast

Talk about a beautiful and satisfyingly delicious meal. Quintessential comfort food.

This recipe takes a humble chuck roast and slow cooks it to a fork-tender, flavorful finished dish that just can’t be beat. This has been one of our favorite ways to prepare a roast for many, many years. We think you’ll like it a lot, too.

NEW: Slices of American pot roast and vegetables on a white plate

How To Make Pot Roast

We’re going to show you how to do a pot roast in the oven, but we’ll also give you the slow cooker pot roast steps, as well.

It’s all really easy and the ingredients are straight-forward. You just need to give yourself a little bit of time.

Best Cut of Meat for Pot Roast

As mentioned, you don’t need to run out and buy an expensive cut of meat for this classic recipe.

A 3 to 4 lb chuck roast is ideal. Now, you may be asking: “What is Chuck Roast?” It’s the perfect cut of meat for this recipe. Learn more about it here.

Searing the roast first locks in flavor and creates a beautiful crust on the outside of the meat. Mmmmm.

A close-up view of a 3 lb chuck roast that has been seared on both sides in a Dutch oven.

This meat is now ready to be braised in beef stock and sauteed vegetables, or a mirepoix.

We add the vegetables into the dish in stages in order to achieve them being cooked perfectly.

EXPERT TIP: We’ll use 4 carrots for the recipe. Two that will be finely chopped (for the mirepoix), and then larger pieces for the final dish. This takes a little extra effort but makes a big difference in the final dish. You can saute the veggies along with the beef broth in a separate dish and then pour it over the meat, or, if preparing in a Dutch oven, you can do it all in the Dutch oven and nestle the meat into the braising liquid.

Sauteed vegetables and broth being poured of a roast in a Dutch oven.

The Quintessential Sunday Dinner

What Is Pot Roast? It’s family. It is comfort, but more than anything, It’s just delicious.

This dish brings families together around the dinner table.

EXPERT TIP: Once the roast is finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and then carefully transfer the roast to cutting board and tent with foil. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and simmer over high heat for about 10 minutes until thickened. You can add more broth to the sauce to make even more.

An overhead view of a classic pot roast on a large platter surrounded by potatoes, carrots, and peas.

This classic pot roast checks all those wonderful comfort boxes.

Fork-tender and so delicious. We love serving it with our amazing Homemade Country White Bread.

This is a plate of goodness that you and your family will turn to time and time again.

A plate of sliced pot roast next to cooked potatoes, carrots, and peas.

Ready to make the most comforting dinner in town? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

An overhead view of a classic pot roast on a large platter surrounded by potatoes, carrots, and peas.

Classic Pot Roast

This Classic Pot Roast is so fork-tender and exploding with flavor. Slow-cook in your Dutch oven (or roasting pan), or your slow-cooker, and you won't believe the results. Incredible!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pot Roast in Oven, Pot Roast recipe, Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 531kcal

Equipment

  • Large Dutch oven or Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • lb beef roast chuck
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 carrots 2 finely chopped and 2 cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 3 gold potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup pearl onions frozen
  • ½ cup peas frozen

Instructions

  • Lightly season the roast all over with salt and pepper. On a large platter, mix together 3 tbsp of the flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Turn the roast in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
  • In a large Dutch oven, or large saucepan, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  • Add the roast and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Pour off all but 2 tbsp of the oil in the pan.
  • Add the finely chopped carrots, yellow onion, and celery and saute over medium-high heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp of flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Pour in the beef stock and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer.

FOR SLOW COOKING THE OVEN

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Nestle the roast into the vegetables and cooked stock. Cover and place in the oven for 2½ hours.
  • Remove from the oven, uncover and stir in the potatoes, large carrot pieces, and pearl onions. Cover and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Stir in the peas and place in the oven for another 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

FOR USING YOUR SLOW-COOKER

  • Transfer the roast to your slow cooker.
  • Pour the vegetable and stock mixture over the meat and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • Uncover and stir in the potatoes, carrot pieces, and pearl onions.
  • Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and stir in the peas.
  • Cover and cook until all the veggies are tender, about 15 minutes longer.

FINISHING THE ROAST

  • Transfer the roast to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the potatoes, large carrot pieces, onions and peas.  Place in a large bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. 
  • Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve, or a colander with cheese cloth, discarding the excess solids.
  • Bring the strained liquid to a boil over high heat and cook until the liquid is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  • Slice the roast against the grain and place the slices on a serving dish and then arrange the roasted veggies around the meat.  Drizzle the sauce over the meat and veggies. Serve at once, passing extra gravy on the table.

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Notes

If using a Dutch oven, you can prepare everything in the pot.  If using a roasting pan, you'll need to saute the roast and then the vegetable in a large saucepan and then pour over the seared roast in a small roasting pan.  Be sure to cover when braising the roast in the oven.  You'd also need to use a large saucepan if preparing the roast in a slow cooker.
The meat and vegetables can be prepared up to 12 hours in advance.  Keep covered in the refrigerator and then place in the Dutch oven/roasting pan or slow cooker when ready to finish cooking the roast.  All the meat to come to room temperature before cooking.  
Left over will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and freezes beautifully for up to 2 months.
Next day roast beef sandwich (with the gravy) is amazing!

Nutrition

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 1296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5302IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally posted February 2018 but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography, and a fabulous new video in August 2020!