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Oven-Braised Pot Roast Recipe

Juicy, tender and beautifully flavored, our easy Oven-Braised Pot Roast Recipe is the perfect weekend dinner solution!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 people
Author: Tricia


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed of exterior fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Hungarian paprika (sweet paprika is good too)
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped


  • Set the oven rack to the lower middle position. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Dry the roast with paper towels then season with the salt and pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the roast on all sides and remove to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onions start to brown and caramelize. Add the garlic, tomato paste and paprika and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the wine scrapping the bottom to deglaze, and cook until the wine is reduced by half. This is where the best flavors happen. Add the beef broth, soy sauce, thyme and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add the roast back to the Dutch oven, cover and transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots to the Dutch oven, cover and return the roast to the oven. Continue cooking until the roast and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour.
  • Remove roast and vegetables to a serving platter, cover to keep warm. Remove and discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Skim off as much fat as possible. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until reduced to about 1 cup. Off heat, add the vinegar and half the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the sauce with the roast and vegetables. Garnish with remaining parsley.


Leftovers make terrific meaty sandwiches piled high on a hoagy roll with Provolone cheese.  Save a little for Tuesday because it's great as a filling for tacos too!