Easy Pot Roast

filed under: Food + Drink on May 16, 2016

This pot roast is so easy my kids can make it! But the best part is the amazing flavor. Easy Pot Roast that is also the most delicious pot roast! If you are looking for more fabulous dinner ideas, check out my Tuna Casserole or Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms as a delicious side!

I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!

World’s Easiest Pot Roast

So I scoured the internet looking for the perfect pot roast. I must have read 30 recipes! After reading them all it seemed like they all had five basic ingredients in common. The meat, carrots, onions, and salt & pepper.

So I decided, why not just start there?

I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!

I rough chopped some unpeeled carrots.

Quartered some onions and then threw them in my favorite Staub oval cocotte with a couple of tablespoons of oil. (not an affiliate link, I just seriously love Staub) It is basically the best Dutch oven of all time. I ordered the one with the chicken on top. I love it. Love love love it. We are chicken people after all!

Ok, back to dinner.

So while the carrots we just barely searing, I added salt and pepper to the meat. Both sides.

Remove the carrots and drop in the meat.

I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!

Sear for a couple of minutes on each side and then throw the veggies back in the pan.

I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!

Add lid and roast for a few hours. And the result? Perfection!

Here is the actual recipe.

You can add potatoes of course, but I prefer to make my potatoes separate. I will quarter some baby reds and roast them in the oven with some oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary for 30 minutes.

Did you happen to notice what I left OUT of this recipe?

The liquid. I didn’t want to braise the meat, just gently roast it. In my opinion, this produces the most FLAVORFUL roast you will ever have!!! (The meat gives off quite a bit of its own liquid, you will not have a dry roast.)

If you want to have gravy with your roast then you can add about 1 cup of beef broth or wine (or both!) or about 1 cup for every 4 lbs. of meat. The wine can also be used as a pan de-glazer after removing the onions.

I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!

5 from 2 votes
I made this and my husband told me it was the best pot roast he had ever had!
Easy Pot Roast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins

This pot roast is so easy my kids can make it! But the best part is the amazing flavor. Easy Pot Roast that is also the most delicious pot roast!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Pot Roast
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 chuck roast, 3-4 pounds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt, or more to taste
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. parsley for garnish optional
  1. Take your meat out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking and generously salt and pepper it. I put 1 tablespoon of salt in the ingredients, but you should use as much or as little as you are comfortable with.

  2. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add olive oil.
  3. Rough chop carrots into 2-3 inch pieces. (after cutting off the top this meant I was cutting the carrots in half on the diagonal.)

  4. Cut two onions in half and add them to the hot pot, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate.

  5. Add carrots to same pot and brown slightly. (about 1 minute) Remove and set on plate with onions.
  6. Add butter to pot and allow to melt. Place the meat in the pan and sear it for about a minute on both sides until it is nice and brown all over.

  7. Using sturdy tongs, remove meat and add onions and carrots back to Dutch oven. Place meat on top and cover and roast at 275°F for about 3 hours in the oven. I started checking mine at 2 hours. You want the meat to be cooked through and to tear easily with a fork.

Recipe Video

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The BEST (and also easiest) pot roast ever! If you can turn on an oven you can master this recipe!

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  • mila says:

    Amanda…this is BEAUTIFUL! And I love that Dutch oven!!!! Gorgeous meal!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Linda Christianson says:

    I make this with the addition of some baby red potatoes (or sometimes Yukon Gold ones). Such a satisfying meal, easy and quick clean up, my all time favorite. If I have company or extra people to feed I make some Yorkshire puddings to make it go further

  • Cheryl says:

    I add a small can of peeled chopped tomatoes

  • Charlotte says:

    Where can I order the roasting pan with the chicken on top? The roast looks amazing!!

    • Kristen says:

      Sur La Table

  • Cynthia says:

    I do everything the same but add a can of golden mushrooms soup.

  • Irene says:

    Best pot roast ever!will never make it any other way..

  • Kitty G says:

    Made this last eve. I Added and browned mushrooms along with the carrots. Did have to cook longer than 3 hours. Ended up raising oven temp to 350 for the last 30 minutes. Overall great easy recipe. Recipe will be a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynzi says:

    275 for the pot roast? My crockpot has high and low?

    • Amanda says:

      This recipe is written for roasting in the oven.

  • Mary says:

    Amanda, I’m so glad I found this recipe. Super easy and simple to make. Made this last night for dinner, it was great. I added sliced baby Bella mushrooms sauteed in butter and sprinkled about 1/2 tsp rosemary on the roast before searing it. We love garlic on everything and your recipe doesn’t call for any, so I sprinkled it with garlic powder after putting everything back in the pan to roast. Best pot roast ever, will never make it any other way. It came out perfectly tender and just fell apart.

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  • Tina says:

    Hi Amanda. I was just wondering if I could cook this in my crockpot and how long it would take. Thank you

  • Karen says:

    Thank you!

  • Georgia says:

    What kind of wine would you use for cooking the pot roast?

  • Kathy says:

    I don’t have a Dutch oven and am
    wondering if I can just sear my veggies and meat (separately) in my cast iron skillet and then roast in my roasting pan in the oven?

  • Laura Stella Flores says:

    Can I make this recipe in a Crock Pot, for how long and do I have to fry carrots, onions? Thanks so much!

  • Janel Smith Wright says:

    So who can afford to buy a roast these days? Growing up, we had roast every Sunday – a big enough one to have a few relatives over. Now, I am about to become a vegetarian because meat has gotten so expensive! This sounds wonderful.

  • Kay Barcelon says:

    just watching the video makes my mouth crave for that roast. Seems to awesome and looks so flavoursome. Will try your style next time I do some roasting

  • Theresa Schmalshof says:

    Sounds wonderful! Was also wondering about slow cooker or regular
    roasting pan? What changes would I make?

  • Lynn says:

    I love the short ingredient list. And it’s so super easy to pop it in the oven and walk away for 2 to 3 hours. This is the best roast I have ever made. I happen to have the identical Staub. We enjoyed our pot roast dinner… My husband said it was excellent! For sides we had mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

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