Classic Pot Roast


Grace Parisi's incredible classic pot roast recipe is the perfect version of this quintessential comfort food, especially when served with buttered egg noodles. After searing the meat and caramelizing the onions on the stovetop, you'll transfer the pot to the oven, where it will braise to tenderness without any risk of scorching. Adding carrots, potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms a bit later ensures they're perfectly done. Plus:  More Beef Recipes 

Pot Roast
Photo: Jerrelle Guy
Active Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • One 4-pound chuck eye roast or other chuck roast, tied

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 4 cups beef stock or low-sodium broth

  • 6 thyme sprigs, 6 parsley sprigs and 2 bay leaves, tied

  • 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, quartered

  • 1 pound large carrots, sliced diagonally 1/2 inch thick

  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Season the roast with salt and pepper and dust with flour. In a medium, enameled cast-iron pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the roast; cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned all over, 20 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the stock and herb bundle and bring to a boil. Return the meat to the pot, cover and transfer to the oven. Braise for 2 1/2 hours or until tender, turning once halfway through.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until golden, about 8 minutes.

  4. Transfer the roast to a plate. Strain the cooking liquid into a bowl; discard the solids. Skim off the fat and return the liquid and meat to the pot. Add the mushrooms, carrots and potatoes. Cover and braise in the oven for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

  5. Transfer the roast to a work surface. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a deep serving platter; cover. Boil the liquid until reduced to 3 1/2 cups. Stir the cornstarch slurry and whisk it into the simmering liquid until thickened.

  6. Remove the strings from the roast and cut into thick slices; arrange on the platter and pour the sauce on top.

Serve With

Buttered egg noodles and prepared horseradish.

Suggested Pairing

A Napa Valley red blend.

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