Back to the Basics: Pot Roast

January 25, 2009

Classic Beef Pot Roast from Cooking Light

Pot roast is the perfect answer for a Sunday dinner, especially this time of year. This recipe is beyond basic. It’s so easy that anyone can make it. It’s just chop, dump and bake. And don’t worry, this recipe is only 300 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving, and you will have leftovers during the week.


Basic Pot Roast

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 10 servings


1  teaspoon  olive oil

1  (3-pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed

1  teaspoon  kosher salt

1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

2  cups finely chopped onion

1  cup  dry red wine or fat-free low-sodium beef broth

4  thyme sprigs

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

3  garlic cloves, chopped

1  (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth

1  bay leaf

4  large carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces

11/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Fresh thyme leaves (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350º.

2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chuck roast with salt and pepper. Add roast to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add onion to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender.

3. Return browned roast to pan. Add the red wine, thyme sprigs, parsley, garlic, beef broth, and bay leaf to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover pan and bake at 350° for 11/2 hours or until the roast is almost tender.

4. Add carrots and potatoes to pan. Cover and bake an additional 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf from pan; discard. Shred meat with 2 forks. Serve roast with vegetable mixture and cooking liquid. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.


3 Responses to “Back to the Basics: Pot Roast”

  1. Heather Anthony Says:

    I would love to see a crock pot version of this. I always cook the pot roast in a crock pot.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Pot roast dinner on Sunday night brings back sweet memories of family life growing up. Thank you for this.

  3. alisonlewis Says:

    Yes you can put this in a crockpot on low 8 hours or high 2 to 4 hours.

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