Easy Pot Roast Recipe (Stovetop & Oven)

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Easy pot roast recipe made in one pot, using simple ingredients and loaded with potatoes and carrots. The meat is very ender and just melts in your mouth and is packed with flavor.

Today, I am showing you how to make a SIMPLE easy pot roast recipe. I also have a Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast recipe that you may like.

For now, this is a CLASSIC, OLD FASHIONED dinner recipe and something my Mom taught me how to make and she learnt it from her mother who learnt it from her mother and so on…hehe.

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

Many different ways to make pot roast:

  • Slow cooker/ Crockpot  pot roast
  • Stove top pot roast
  • Instant pot/ Pressure cooker pot roast
  • Dutch Oven pot roast

I make my pot roast recipe in oven and stovetop, using a Dutch Oven or any other oven-safe pot with a lid.

Various versions of easy pot roast with:

  • Onion soup mix
  • Red wine
  • Mushroom soup mix
  • Cream of mushroom
  • Vegetables
  • Ranch dressing
  • Beer
  • Coke
  • Pepperoncini

Aside from some vegetables, herbs and spices, I don’t add all those other ingredients from that list and it’s still AMAZING!

The meat is so SOFT and TENDER.

Also, since everything is cooked for so long, the flavors of all the ingredients really penetrate the meat and adds a lot of flavor, making this the BEST pot roast recipe ever!

Classic Pot Roast in Oven

How do you make pot roast? How do you cook a pot roast in the oven?

Start off be sprinkling salt and pepper on the meat and and searing/browning it in some oil. Keep aside. In the same pot, add onions, ginger, garlic until fragrant. Add the roast back along with broth, red wine (optional), fresh thyme, rosemary, sage, bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. Then, put the lid on and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours. Remove from oven. Add potatoes, carrots, celery and roast in the oven again for another 1.5 hours. Discard the bay leaves and sprigs. Shred the roast or cut into big chunks and enjoy!

How long does it take to make a pot roast in the oven?

For a 3 pound roast, it takes 3 hours to become completely tender and cooked through. For 4-5 pound roast, it takes 4-5 hours.

How long does it take to cook a pot roast in the crock pot?

Cook on low for 8 hours or 5-6 hours on high.

What is the best cut of meat for a pot roast? What is the most tender cut of roast?

Chuck is supposed to be the most tender and perfect for pot roast.

What sides to serve with pot roast?

Here are some great pot roast sides:

Mashed potatoes


-Homemade bread

-Dinner rolls

-Green beans

-Oven roasted asparagus

-Oven roasted broccoli

Best Pot Roast Recipe

TIPS for making the ultimate pot roast:

-Make sure to brown the meat because it gives it a nice crispy exterior and helps with the overall texture.

-ADJUST the amount of herbs and spices, based on your preference.

-I only use potatoes, carrots and celery but you can add your CHOICE of vegetables.

-Use LOW SODIUM broth to prevent the meal from becoming too salty.

-Beef broth tastes the BEST but vegetable or chicken broth can also be used.

-These pictures below show step by step instructions of the cooking process.

How to Make Pot Roast (Step by Step Instructions)

Other One Pot Meals:

Classic Easy Pot Roast Recipe (One Pot Meal)
5 from 4 votes

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins

Easy pot roast recipe made in one pot, using simple ingredients and loaded with potatoes and carrots. The meat is very ender and just melts in your mouth and is packed with flavor. 

Servings: 6 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 615 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 3 pound Boneless chuck roast Trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 cups Onion Roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Finely grated
  • 2 cups Beef broth Low sodium
  • 3/4 cup Red wine Optional- I didn't use this
  • 2 sprigs Thyme Fresh
  • 2 springs Rosemary Fresh
  • 1 sprig Sage Fresh
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 pounds Potatoes Cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 4 Carrots Cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2-3 Stalks Celery Optional, Cut into 2 inch pieces


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch Oven over medium-high heat.

  2. Add roast and season one side with salt, pepper and paprika Sear it.

  3. Then, flip it over and season the other side with salt, pepper and paprika. Sear it.

  4. Sear and brown the sides of the roast too. 

  5. Remove roast to a plate and keep aside. 

  6. In the same Dutch Oven, add onions, garlic, ginger and saute until golden brown and fragrant. 

  7. Add the roast back into to Dutch Oven.

  8. Add beef broth, red wine (optional), thyme, rosemary and bay leaf.

  9. Bring to a simmer.

  10. Then, cover the Dutch Oven with lid and transfer to oven. 

  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours or until roast is almost tender. 

  12. Remove from oven and add carrots, potatoes and celery.

  13. Return to oven and bake for 1.5 hours until roast and vegetables are all fully cooked. 

  14. Now, you have 2 options: Shred roast with 2 forks OR remove it and cut into large pieces and add that back into the pot. 

  15. Discard the bay leaf as well as thyme and rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pot Roast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 615 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 528mg22%
Potassium 1682mg48%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 6860IU137%
Vitamin C 25.6mg31%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 10.4mg58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy cooking everyone!

12 comments on “Easy Pot Roast Recipe (Stovetop & Oven)”

  1. That looks mouthwatering, yum!

  2. This screams Family Sunday Dinner to me!! YUM!

  3. This is my family’s favorite meal! It’s pure comfort food!

  4. The weather is back to cold and blah so this is the perfect dinner to make to take the blues away! Love how easy this is!

  5. Pot Roast is the quintessential one pot meal. So incredibly hearty and comforting. Love the addition of fresh herbs.

  6. What an amazing comfort food! This pot roast looks really good!

  7. I made this tonight for dinner and just wow. So melt in your delicious. I used wine and I really think it adds some extra richness. My family loved it!!

  8. thank you.lol

  9. I am looking how to make pot roast on top of the stove.  

    • Yes, this is the stovetop version. I cook on the stove and transfer my pot to the oven but you can just cook on low heat on the stove. Be sure to check halfway through to make sure there is enough liquid in the pot so that nothing burns. If there is not enough liquid, add a little broth or water.

  10. I’m making this right now and my house smells heavenly!!! 2.5 hours to go!

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