Classic Pot Roast


Little says "Sunday dinner" more than a hearty pot roast recipe. Our Classic Pot Roast dinner includes onions, carrots, potatoes, and more for a complete meal you can serve in one bowl.

classic pot roast
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 5-7 pound pot roast (7-bone roast, bone-in chuck roast, or bone-in blade roast) or 3- to 4-lb. boneless chuck roast

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for coating beef

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 2 ounce slice salt pork (about 4 inches long) If salt pork isn't available, Scott says, omit it.

  • 5 small to medium yellow onions, peeled and quartered

  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled, trimmed, halved lengthwise and any green inner sprouts removed

  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup reduced sodium-chicken broth or water

  • 7 stems Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (Set aside leafy tops for finished dish.)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 5 small carrots with tops, trimmed and halved on the diagonal

  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and quartered

  • 1 small leek, white and light green section, halved lengthwise and rinsed well to remove any sand

  • 1 half celery heart, halved lengthwise

  • 12 small new Yukon gold or red creamer potatoes (about the size of golf balls)


  1. The day before cooking, rub roast well with olive oil. Sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons kosher salt and rub salt thoroughly into meat. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight. "The salt penetrates deeply into the meat to season it, and the olive oil adds its flavor," Scott says.

  2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. In 12-inch nonstick or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Once butter is foaming, add beef and salt pork. Deeply brown roast on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes for each large side, 3 to 4 minutes for short sides. "You really want to take your time here and get it brown," Scott says. "It's key to rich flavor." Remove salt pork once it is browned (it will take less time than roast); set aside. Transfer roast to platter; set aside.

  3. Drain and discard most of fat from pan, taking care to leave behind any browned bits. Add remaining butter and the onions to pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until onions begin to brown. Add garlic cloves; cook 2 minutes more. Add wine and chicken broth to pan; scrape well with a wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits from pan.

  4. Transfer onions and liquid to a heavy 8-quart, nonreactive oven-going Dutch oven. Tie parsley stems together with 100 percent cotton kitchen twine, and add to Dutch oven. Place roast over onions; add salt pork and bay leaf. Sprinkle with dried thyme and a few grindings of black pepper. Tear parchment paper to fit interior of Dutch oven; lay over ingredients, tucking around sides of roast. Layer a sheet of aluminum foil in same manner. Add lid and bake on center rack for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables for cooking.

  5. Remove pan from oven and slowly lift off foil and parchment (beware of escaping steam); set aside. Test roast with tip of knife or skewer-it should be beginning to become tender. Tuck carrots, turnips, leek, celery heart, and potatoes around beef. Return parchment, foil, and lid to Dutch oven and cook 45 to 60 minutes more until beef is very tender and vegetables are well-cooked but still firm.

  6. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Transfer beef to warm platter and tent with foil. Remove and discard parsley stems and bay leaf. With a small mesh strainer, strain and transfer cooking liquid to a gravy boat or small bowl; keep warm.

  7. Return Dutch oven, uncovered, to hot oven and continue roasting vegetables 15 to 20 minutes until they begin to brown, and acquire a glaze, basting with small amount of cooking liquid and pan drippings if needed.

  8. Meanwhile, skim fat from braising liquid and add salt and pepper if needed. Coarsely chop reserved parsley leaves.

  9. Pull roast into serving-size pieces with two forks; serve with glazed vegetables. Spoon broth over all and sprinkle with parsley. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


If desired, use a 3- to 4-pound boneless beef chuck roast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

738 Calories
49g Fat
23g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 738
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 805mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 29.5mg 148%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1083mg 23%
Folate, total 64.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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