My Mom’s Classic Pot Roast Recipe

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My mom’s classic pot roast recipe is easy, has simple ingredients, and it comes out perfect every time. It’s a from scratch recipe that makes a delicious Sunday Supper or a weeknight meal. 

classic pot roast recipe on blue oval platter with gravy boat of broth

When I think back to my growing-up years, some of my best memories are of being in the kitchen with my mom. She was a very basic (but oh so good) cook. She made her own homemade noodles, pies from scratch, and the most amazing chocolate chip cookies you ever tasted. She fed our family of six, every day, and on one income. One of her specialties was pot roast. My mom’s pot roast recipe is a meal that will feed a crowd, but it’s so easy. All you need for this one pot meal is a good cut of meat, and some time.

beef chuck roast on wood board

What Kind Of Meat Works The Best?

A beef boneless chuck roast works the best. Other good choices are a beef rump roast or a top round roast. Make sure to pick out a roast that’s at least 2 inches thick, and one that has a good amount of marbling.

classic pot roast recipe baked in pot

How To Make

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In the bottom of a very large pan over medium-high heat (on the stovetop) generously drizzle olive oil. Let the pan heat up before going to the next step.
  • Lay the chuck roast in the pan.
  • Salt and pepper the top.
  • Let it brown for about 3 min. and then turn.
  • Salt and pepper the other side of the seared beef.
  • Cook again for 3 min.
  • Add enough water so only about 1/2 inch of the roast is showing.
  • Do not cover the roast with water.
  • Cover pan and cook in oven for 90 min.
  • Clean the red potatoes. Set aside.
  • At the 2 hour mark, remove the pan from the oven.
  • Add potatoes, baby carrots, and optional onion. Make sure your roast is still showing above the broth.
  • Cover and return the pan to the oven.
  • Cook for 90 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and serve.
classic pot roast recipe ingredients

Ingredient Notes + Variations

  • For a richer flavor, substitute red wine or beef broth for some of the water.
  • Add fresh herbs on top of the roast during the last hour of cooking time. Fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, or bay leaves are good choices.
  • Any kind of potatoes can be used. Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold are very good.
  • Sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce on the meat after the water is added.
classic pot roast on blue platter with au jus

Classic Pot Roast Recipe Tips

  • You can actually add as many carrots and potatoes as you want. If you don’t want them for leftovers, simply add what you think your family will eat.
  • The secret to tender and perfect pot roast is slow cooking. If you cook it low and slow, the meat absolutely melts in your mouth.
  • This pot roast is a complete meal, but it’s wonderful to serve it with hot dinner rolls or homemade rustic bread.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING

“I made this tonight and the house smelled so good. It was delicious. I made mashed potatoes instead of putting them in the pot and then thickened the juices to make a gravy. Yum!!”

~Nanci

All About The Leftovers

  • On its own, the leftover meat is delicious when shredded and served on fresh hamburger buns. Drizzle a little of the juice over the meat for added flavor.
  • Speaking of leftovers, they are outstanding. My Dad says that my mom’s pot roast is actually better the second time around!
  • To store the leftover pot roast, place the meat and vegetables in a glass covered casserole dish or airtight container. Add the leftover juice so everything is covered. To reheat, just put the whole thing in the microwave. 

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classic pot roast recipe on blue oval platter with gravy boat of broth

My Mom’s Classic Pot Roast Recipe

My mom's classic pot roast recipe is easy, has simple ingredients, and it comes out perfect every time. It's a from scratch recipe that makes a delicious Sunday Supper or a weeknight meal. 
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4.86 from 7 votes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 3 lb. beef chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • water
  • 1.5 lbs. baby red potatoes
  • 1 lb. baby carrots
  • 1 onion quartered (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In the bottom of a very large pan over medium heat (on the stove top) generously drizzle olive oil. Let the pan heat up before going to the next step.
  • Lay the chuck roast in the pan.
  • Salt and pepper the top.
  • Let it brown for about 3 min. and then turn.
  • Salt and pepper the other side.
  • Cook again for 3 min.
  • Add enough water so only about 1/2 inch of the roast is showing.
  • Do not cover the roast with water.
  • Cover pan and cook in oven for 90 min.
  • Clean the potatoes. Set aside.
  • At the 2 hour mark, remove the pan from the oven.
  • Add potatoes, carrots and optional onion. Make sure your roast is still showing above the broth.
  • Cover and return the pan to the oven.
  • Cook for 90 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 1475mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10463IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 6mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Simple and oh so good. Followed the recipe exactly.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I’m so glad you liked it…it’s one of my Dad’s favorite meals!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and the house smelled so good. It was delicious. I made mashed potatoes instead of putting them in the pot and then thickened the juices to make a gravy. Yum!!

  3. AMANDA BROWN says:

    5 stars
    I made a beautiful Pot Roast on Sunday morning and it was so nice to sit down and enjoy at dinner time. I made my husband a burrito for Mondays lunch with left overs.
    Thank you for sharing this easy delicious recipe.

  4. Arti Mader says:

    I have never cooked a really good pot roast until now. It was delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this delightful family recipe.

  5. Just wanted you to know, Ann, your Mom’s pot roast was a hit with my family! We were snowbound over the weekend. The whole family had come over for Saturday night dinner. We were supposed to get one or two inches of snow, but instead got seven or eight inches with lots of drifting. No way to get down our country lane that night. So all four adults and seven children spent the night. I had no idea what to feed them the next day. I found a large chuck roast in my freezer and found your recipe I had saved on a Pinterest board. It was great because it didn’t require lots of fancy ingredients I didn’t have on hand. It was also delicious! Threw in some vegetables, made biscuits and my family loved it! Thanks so much for this yummy recipe and saving me on a snowbound day. I’ll be making it again. Btw, we had such a fun snowbound weekend, and made lots of special memories!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this…keeping a chuck roast in the freezer is brilliant!

  6. This sounds really good. My mom was a stay at home mom and made a great meal every night. There was always a meat or casserole, salad and at least a veggie or mac & cheese. I wish I not taken this for granted. I can really appreciate it now.

  7. I used to make pot roast pretty much like that. But in the last couple of years, I have been using beef broth instead of water. WOW, what a difference it makes to the gravy and richness of the meat!

  8. Had house fire in2013,lost lots of my mom’s recipes.ThankYou Ann! For this one.mom did it very similar but added chili sauce today’s “ketchup” on top last half hr? Was divine..I went to grocery store 1 hr ago,your version in my oven as I write ..can’t wait!