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Pot Roast Recipe

This classic Pot Roast recipe is simple but full of flavored. Full of potatoes, carrots and on onion, the slow-simmered beef gets wonderfully fall-apart tender.

Pot Roast on serving platter with fresh herbs.

If you look through the recipes on either Spicy Southern Kitchen or my other blog Fort Mill SC Living, you know that I’m a big fan of Sara Foster’s recipes. She has 4 cookbooks published (I think…, or may be 5. I’ve lost count.). Her Fresh Every Day: More Great Recipes from Foster’s Market cookbook, which was her second to be published, seems to be the one I cook from most often.

Sara Foster is really big on using fresh, local ingredients. Her recipes tend to be simple and sophisticated at the same time, something that’s not easy to accomplish. If you happen to be in the Research Triangle Park Area of North Carolina, a trip to one of her restaurants (Foster’s Market) is definitely worth your time. There are locations in both Durham and Chapel Hill.

Finished dish in a Dutch oven and bottle of wine.

Sara’s recipe for Pot Roast is a basic one, one she claims she ate every Sunday of her life growing up. It’s simple, wholesome, comfort food and will make you want to gather the whole family around the dining room table for an old-fashioned, formal Sunday Supper. The meat becomes so flavorful and tender after hours of roasting in the oven, yet the fresh herbs keep it tasting fresh. With a pound of potatoes added in, this is an easy 1-dish meal.

Best Cut Of Beef For Pot Roast

My favorite cut of beef for a pot roast is a beef chuck roast. The fat marbling in a chuck roast adds flavor to the dish and makes the meat extra tender after cooking for 3 plus hours.

Pot Roast on serving plate with fresh herbs.

Type Of Wine To Use

A dry red wine like Merlot is perfect for pot roast and adds lots of depth of flavor. It complements the richness of the beef and adds fruity undertones. A Cabernet Sauvignon is also good for a roast.

Can Pot Roast Be Frozen?

Yes! Let cool completely after cooking and then transfer to a freezer bag. Can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a 350 degree oven.

Single serving of Pot Roast on a white plate with a glass of red wine.

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Pot Roast Recipe

This classic Pot Roast recipe is simple but full of flavored. Full of potatoes, carrots and on onion, the slow-simmered beef gets wonderfully fall-apart tender.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 3 hours 30 minutes
TOTAL: 3 hours 50 minutes



  • 1 (3-pound) beef chuck roast, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 6 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4 to 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season the chuck roast generously on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place roast in Dutch oven and brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place roast on a plate and set aside.
  • Add onion, 2 of the carrots, and the fresh herbs to the Dutch oven. Cook until the vegetables are light brown and the onions soft, stirring frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Place the roast back in the Dutch oven. Add the wine and enough broth to nearly cover the roast and bring to a boil. Put a lid on the Dutch oven and place in the oven for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and remaining carrots to Dutch oven and place back in oven for an additional 40 to 60 minutes. When the meat shreds easily with a fork and the potatoes are tender, it is done cooking.
  • Place roast on a large serving platter. Remove the herb stems from the Dutch oven and skim the fat off of the top of the juices. Pour the juice and vegetables over the roast and serve.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 1319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10226IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, chuck roast

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Recipe Source: Fresh Every Day by Sara Foster

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Fork cutting into pot roast.

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3 thoughts on “Pot Roast Recipe”

  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    There are few things I love more than a juicy, comforting pot roast. Uggghhh, soooo good. I want it right now. For breakfast.

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