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How to Cook Pot Roast

An easy to follow guide showing you how to cook pot roast using simple ingredients. With this recipe you can make a delicious pot roast in 60 minutes!

Beef pot roast with gravy is probably one of my favorite meals. In fact, I would eat it all the time, if I could get away with it.

Today, Kim and I are sharing our guide to teach you how to cook pot roast. Before we get started, I want to talk about the veggies.

As you can probably tell our veggies are al dente (almost done) in the photos. That’s how we like them.

Later on, we’ll go over how to increase the overall doneness of the meal. Look for the asterisk (*) symbol to find extra tips!

So, shall we get started?

The finished roast sliced and surrounded by potatoes and carrots.

How to Cook Pot Roast?

First, you want to prep all your veggies. Wash, peel, chop the onions, carrots, and potatoes.

Next, preheat your oven to 325° F, and place your Dutch oven over medium heat on the stove.

* If you don’t have a Dutch oven, grab a skillet or pot and place it over medium heat.

The pot roast being seared in a hot Dutch oven.

After that, season the pot roast (evenly on both sides) with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Now, drizzle the oil into the hot pan and carefully add the beef roast. Let it sear on each side for about four (4) minutes.

Searing the meat locks in juices and keeps it from drying out in the oven. Once done, remove the roast from the pan.

The pan has been deglazed and veggies have been added.

Pour in the wine and use a wooden spoon to de-glaze the dish. Remove the Dutch oven from the heat and place the veggies into the dish.

* For a roast pan, simply pour the de-glazing liquid from the hot pan into your roasting pan. Place the veggies into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Okay, once you’ve layered the vegetables into your dish, place the roast on top of them. Take a look at the photo below for an example.

The roast, herbs, and other ingredients placed atop the vegetables.

With the meat in the pan, you can now add the bay leaves, broth, rosemary, and thyme. Then, put the lid on the pan (or cover it with aluminum foil) and put it into the oven to cook.

* I recommend cooking the entire meal for about forty (40) minutes. However, that’s for al dente vegetables and medium meat.

* Feel free to cook it as long as you like. But, test the potatoes every fifteen (15) minutes. Once they’re soft, everything should be medium well.

The pot roast has finished cooking and can now rest.

Instructions Continued:

Hang in there, we’re almost done! Then, when the pot roast is done cooking, remove it and the vegetables from the pan.

The beef will need to rest for ten (10) minutes before slicing or shredding; otherwise, all those juices will simply leak out and it will be dry.

While you wait, you can prepare the gravy. Oh, be sure to remove the sprigs of rosemary, thyme, and the bay leaves.

Gravy prepared with the pan drippings from the Dutch oven,

To make the gravy, place the Dutch oven over low heat and add the butter and milk to the pan.

Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and let the mixture continue to cook until the gravy reaches your desired thickness.

* For the roasting pan method, simply transfer the hot broth and pan drippings to a small saucepan. Place the pan over low heat, then add the butter and milk.

* As directed above, once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook the gravy until it reaches a consistency you enjoy.

The finished roast on a serving platter with cooked vegetables.

Last, with the gravy prepared, you can slice or shred your roast and serve it with vegetables.

That’s it, know you know how to cook pot roast! Kim and I hope you enjoy the meal and wish you all the best 🙂

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The finished roast on a serving platter with cooked vegetables.

How to Cook Pot Roast

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time and Gravy Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 Servings


Pot Roast

  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Lbs. Beef Roast (chuck roast, tender roast, etc.)
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine (or sub extra beef broth)
  • 3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 3/4 Cup White Onion (one ((1)) medium onion, peeled and quartered)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (baby or rough chopped)
  • 2 Lbs. Baby Red Potatoes (eight ((8)) small red potatoes, whole or halved)
  • 2 Large Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme (or two ((2)) fresh sprigs)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Rosemary (or two ((2)) fresh sprigs)


  • 1/4 Cup Butter (cut into chunks)
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/3 Cup all-purpose flour


  • Chop the vegetables, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F., and heat a large Dutch oven on the stove top over low-medium heat. **If not using a Dutch Oven see detailed instructions in post**
  • While the pan heats, season both sides of the roast with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. After the Dutch oven is hot, add the olive oil and the roast. Sear both sides of the roast for 3-5 minutes until each side is brown. Remove the roast from the pan and set aside.
  • Pour the red wine into the pan, and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the bottom and scrape up any brown bits.
  • Turn off the heat, and add the vegetables in an even layer. Add the roast back to the pan on top of the vegetables. Pour in the beef broth, and add the bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for 20 minutes per pound until beef reaches desired doneness.
  • After the roast is finished cooking, remove it from the Dutch oven and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes prior to shredding or slicing. Test the potatoes and vegetables for doneness. Return them to the oven for a few extra minutes if necessary.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked through, remove them from the pan and set aside. Discard the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. Add the butter and milk to the Dutch oven.
  • Heat the pan over low-medium heat while whisking. Once the butter melts, whisk in the flour. The gravy will thicken over several minutes. After it has thickened, turn off the heat and shred or slice the roast.
  • Serve the roast with the gravy and vegetables. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about four (4) ounces of the cooked beef pot roast, with about half (1/2) a cup of the vegetables, and topped with around one-fourth (1/4) a cup of gravy. Actual calories will vary. 
*The cook time listed is to cook the roast to medium doneness and was tested using a meat thermometer.* 


Serving: 4Ounces | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 2420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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