Simple Pot Roast

This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It’s so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It’s perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner.

Below you’ll find the traditional way and the crockpot way of making this simple pot roast that everyone is sure to love.

This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It's so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It's perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner

I made this recipe for New Year’s Day to go along with my peas and cabbage. It was a perfect main addition. Also made some rice and cornbread. So good. There was literally none left. Reminder: if you’re feeding a crowd, you may want to get cook a couple of chuck roasts at at time.

Equipment You’ll Need…

I feel like I say this in also all of my posts, but there’s really not a whole lot required to make this roast. If you’re doing it the traditional way, you’ll just need a large pot. If you’re going the crockpot way, you’ll need a skillet to brown the roast plus the crockpot. Either way, both are super easy and won’t make too big of a mess.

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Ingredients You’ll Need…

I have made this pot roast a few times and decided it was good enough to share with you. It really is very easy to make and delicious. there are too many ingredients required for this pot roast so be sure if you’re cooking for a crowd to get more than one roast and double the recipe.

This is a very easy pot roast that’s packed full of flavor and perfect for any occasion. If you’re worried about whether you have enough time to cook this recipe, don’t be! It’s a slow cooker dish, so all you need to do is set it up and let it cook while you’re out being productive. When you come home, you’ll have delicious meat laden with vegetables and gravy! Either way you make it, its so simple.

Shopping List:
  • 2-4 lb Chuck Roast
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2-3 Large Carrots
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 1-2 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 packet Brown Gravy Mix
  • 2-3 cups Broth
This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It's so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It's perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner

Step by Step How to Make this Simple Pot Roast

Traditional Oven Method:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat your roast in salt pepper, and garlic powder. Rub it in all over. In your large pot or Dutch oven, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Sear pot roast for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove the roast from the pot.

Step 2:

In the same pot, add in your sliced onion. Saute’ it for several minutes until it becomes translucent. Add in your red wine and scrap the bottom of the pot with a spatula to deglaze it. You will see that the sear marks from the roast will come off of the bottom of the pot. Add in your carrots, roast, bay leaves, and thyme. Then add in your stock and brown gravy mix. Stir the mix into the broth with a spoon to remove any clumps.

Step 3:

In the same pot, add in your sliced onion. Saute’ it for several minutes until it becomes translucent. Add in your red wine and scrap the bottom of the pot with a spatula to deglaze it. You will see that the sear marks from the roast will come off of the bottom of the pot. Add in your carrots, roast, bay leaves, and thyme. Then add in your stock and brown gravy mix. Stir the mix into the broth with a spoon to remove any clumps.

Crock Pot Method:

Step 1:

Coat your roast in salt pepper, and garlic powder. Rub it in all over. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Sear pot roast on high heat for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove the roast from the skillet and add to crockpot.

Step 2:

Add in onion, carrots, wine, broth, gravy mix and herbs to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Once roast is tender, shred it with a fork, and let it remain in crock pot until serving. Remove leaves and herb stems before serving. Serve alone or over rice and potatoes. Enjoy!

This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It's so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It's perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner

Something to Serve with this Simple Roast…

Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread
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Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you’ll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny’s famous recipe. It’s so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You’ll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny’s famous cornbread recipe!


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Simple Pot Roast

This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It's so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It's perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Skillet
  • Large Crockpot
  • Kitchen Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2-4 lb Chuck Roast
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2-3 Large Carrots
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 1-2 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 packet Brown Gravy Mix
  • 2-3 cups Broth

Instructions
 

Traditional Pot

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat your roast in salt pepper, and garlic powder. Rub it in all over. In your large pot or Dutch oven, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Sear pot roast for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove the roast from the pot.
  • In the same pot, add in your sliced onion. Saute' it for several minutes until it becomes translucent. Add in your red wine and scrap the bottom of the pot with a spatula to deglaze it. You will see that the sear marks from the roast will come off of the bottom of the pot. Add in your carrots, roast, bay leaves, and thyme. Then add in your stock and brown gravy mix. Stir the mix into the broth with a spoon to remove any clumps.
  • In the same pot, add in your sliced onion. Saute' it for several minutes until it becomes translucent. Add in your red wine and scrap the bottom of the pot with a spatula to deglaze it. You will see that the sear marks from the roast will come off of the bottom of the pot. Add in your carrots, roast, bay leaves, and thyme. Then add in your stock and brown gravy mix. Stir the mix into the broth with a spoon to remove any clumps.

Crockpot

  • Coat your roast in salt pepper, and garlic powder. Rub it in all over. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Sear pot roast on high heat for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove the roast from the skillet and add to crockpot.
  • Add in onion, carrots, wine, broth, gravy mix and herbs to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Once roast is tender, shred it with a fork, and let it remain in crock pot until serving. Remove leaves and herb stems before serving. Serve alone or over rice and potatoes. Enjoy!

Notes

You could easily add in diced potatoes to this recipe. Simply add them in during the step you add your carrots, cover, and cook per directions. 
I love the brown gravy mix in this recipe. I feel like it add more flavor. If your au jus is not liquid enough or too thick from the mix, just add in more broth. 
Keywords Chuck Roast, Easy Dinners, Ground Beef, Roast
This simple pot roast is an easy comfort food recipe. It's so foolproof and can be served with just about anything. All it takes is your a chuck roast and a little time. Make it in the actual pot or throw it in the crock pot. It's perfect for a weeknight or a big Sunday family dinner

Before you go…

Please let me know if you tried this recipe. I’d genuinely love to know what you thought or if you changed anything. Please let me know here or in the comments below. Also, tag me on Instagram at @turnrowtable. Happy Cooking!

Samantha

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