The Perfect Pot Roast

Whew.  The holidays are over.  (Oops did I use my outside voice?)
The tree is down, the house is cleaned and all the treats are gone.
No seriously, I had a wonderful holiday season, but I love to get back to normal.
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I actually really love January.
I love it’s fresh-start feel.  I love the dark nights.  I love the cold crunchy weather,
the flannel sheets, skating, and of course all of the tummy warming dinners!
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Like so many resolutions made to get healthy this time of year, I do have a family goal to eat homemade, healthy dinners.  I like to cook.  I like real food.  And I like my family to eat at home as much as possible.
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So to start off the year, let’s eat good food.  Real food.

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The Perfect Pot Roast {A Pretty Life}
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The Perfect Pot Roast
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  • 1 4lb beef pot roast (I like to use inside rounds - they are inexpensive and tasty after long roasting)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 celery
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 L beef broth


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a roasting pan, lay your roast in the centre of the pan.
  3. Rub on oregano, salt & pepper.
  4. Chop the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
  5. Spread the vegetables around the roast.
  6. Pour the beef broth over the vegetables.
  7. Cover and bake for 3-4 hours, or until the meat is tender, and falling apart easily with a fork.
  8. About halfway through, I like to flip the roast over. I also check it occasionally, just to make sure the top isn't drying out. If it looks dry, flip it over.
  9. When the roast is done, you will be left with au jus, and like to make a gravy out of this! Just remove the vegetables, and set aside the meat, then make the gravy with the juices. Soooo good!

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  • I like to use a large roast (at least 4 pounds), because I want the leftovers for soup.  Here’s a simple soup recipe for dinner the next night!
    • Hearty Beef Soup
      • The next day, to the left overs (including the gravy) I add another 1 L of beef broth, some extra veggies (chopped carrots, celery and onion – for extra flavour you can brown these in butter first), and some pearl barley (about 2 tbsp dried), season to taste, and simmer for about 45 minutes.  Voila, we have soup for dinner! Serve with crusty bread!  Yummy and easy!
  • You can pretty much use any kind of roast you find in your grocery store.  Remember the meat doesn’t have to be expensive to be delicious!  The less marbling the meat has, the longer it cooks in the broth, the more tender it will be.
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Have a delicious day!
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Looking for more ideas for dinner?
Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Pork {A Pretty Life}
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Herb Roasted Pork, Butternut Squash & Apples {A Pretty Life}
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  1. Okay makes me want to go out and buy a big roast now!! I always make soup for Monday nights on Sunday as Monday’s we just have a crazy schedule, but I like this idea with leftovers for soup!

  2. This DOES look pretty perfect. We also just got all the Christmas decorations down and everything cleaned. It feels so refreshing to do that!

  3. Good food. Real food. I am with you! And this looks like a great way to start! And, however do you manage to make a pot roast photograph so stinking well….skills!

  4. Wow does this look delicious. Time to make one! Come visit us. We have a low fat crockpot chicken recipe this week that is fantastic and easy.

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  6. Do you have to cover this roast?

  7. Can I make this in a crockpot? And if I don’t have beef broth, can I use water?

    • Yes, I think so. I’ve never cooked it in a crockpot but I definitely would try. I would just cook it on low for 8 – 10 hours. And, I always like to use broths for this recipe because they add so much flavour – water won’t give it as much rich flavour. I would use vegetable broth if you have it.

  8. You and I love many of the same things, so maybe we`re kindred spirits! While I love everything about October, November, and December, I truly love the winters months and making all the wonderful processors, soups, stews, breads, and recipes that remind me of when I was a child. LOVE my memories!


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