Pot roast is the ultimate comfort food. It smells terrific when cooking, gets better the longer it simmers, reheats like a dream, and is a nutritious and delicious one-pot meal. Best of all, you can modify the recipe to use any vegetables you might have and add them at the end to cook through. That’s how great cooks can always whip up something new from whatever is in the refrigerator. Anyone can make this easy recipe and then make it their own.

Italian Pot Roast

Italian Pot Roast 


  • 4 lbs beef chuck roast, shoulder, eye of round, or pot roast
  • Salt& freshly ground pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1. tbsp dried
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup washed and sliced carrots
  • 1 large sweet or Spanish onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 8 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 28oz can of pureed tomatoes


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350

  2.  Pat the meat dry and generously season with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat olive oil in a heavy 4-quart Dutch Oven. Add beef and brown well on all sides. Remove beef to a plate.

  4. Add carrot, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and orange peel to pot and sauté for 5 minutes until vegetables soften. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Turn up the heat, add the wine, tomatoes, and beef stock, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  6. Add beef, which should be halfway if not fully covered by the liquid.

  7. Cook in a preheated oven or simmer on the stovetop for 3 hours or until meat is tender.

  8. Slice beef and serve with sauce. Remove Bay Leaf and Orange Peel before serving.

This recipe may be made ahead of time and reheated, it’s almost better that way! It can also be prepped through step 5 and cooked up to 3 days later. Delicious over pasta or hearts of palm pasta.

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