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Perfect Pot Roast Recipe

A simple yet perfect pot roast with carrots, potatoes, onions, fresh herbs and roasted garlic. It's tender, flavorful and requires just one pot!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings


  • 4 lb boneless chuck roast marbled
  • kosher sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 4 large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 lb small red potatoes or gold potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme stems removed
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large Dutch-oven set over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil.
  • Meanwhile, generously salt and pepper both sides of the chuck roast. When the oil is hot, add the roast and brown both sides, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the roast to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil to the pot. Add the carrots, onion and potatoes. Cook the vegetables until they begin to brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the beef broth, water, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, roasted garlic, thyme and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • Return the roast to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven to roast for 3½ hours or until fork-tender.
  • Transfer the roast to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.


-You can find jars of roasted garlic in your produce section, on the condiment aisle or fresh roasted garlic near the salad bar or deli department.


Serving: 6g