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Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast Recipe

Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast Recipe

Wow! The wine-warmed flavors in this recipe are amazing! Packed with wholesome veggies and tender beef, this is one company-special dish all ages will like. Serve with mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of the rich, beefy gravy. —Angie Stewart, Topeka, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2-1/2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped peeled parsnips
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Mashed potatoes


  • 1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, onions, broth, wine, tomato sauce, parsnips, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and chili powder. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove meat and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Discard bay leaves. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with mashed potatoes, meat and vegetables. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked beef with 2/3 cup vegetables and 1/2 cup gravy (calculated without potatoes) equals 310 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 363 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 fat.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I MIGHT try this again but I would change several things...cut back on the amount of broth (way too much liquid) and would use baby carrots and quartered red potatoes (I couldn't even find the chopped veggies in all the liquid!!!) and probably leave out the parsnips (didn't notice their flavors at all) Was not that impressed but am curious to try again with those changes."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Excellent receipt. Today I made it for dinner, but using my Redmond multicooker. It came out yummy, and it takes for me just an hour and half to make it, plus 10 min. to prepare ingredients. Multicooker is such a useful device. "

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"This pot roast recipe is excellent. Because of what another reviewer wrote about too much liquid, I reduced the red wine to 1 cup. There was more than enough juice to make gravy. I also used a combination of dried shiitake mushrooms and portabellas. I used quartered carrots instead of chopping them and omitted the celery. I noticed the flavor of the sauce permeated the carrots so you don't taste the carrot flavor. My husband doesn't care for parsnips so I didn't use them, either. I cooked it on low in my slow cooker for 7.5 hours and it made the house smell wonderful. The roast itself was tender and flavorful. I will make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"This is a great recipe that I'm planning on doing again. The meat was tender and the taste was great! The only thing that I would try next time is to season the meat the night before with some Adobo OR a "sofrito" rub (peppers,onions,garlic,cilantro and salt)."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"I made this for a client and they loved it. Being able to put it in the Crock Pot was an added bonus."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Because I have a 3qt slow cooker I halved the recipe. No Problem.

I was not sure about the parsnips, never having them before, but they absorbed the juices and seasoning and were very flavorful. Making the second half today."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"This had excellent flavor, but I put it in the oven."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I thought this was very good. I didnt' have wine so I subbed extra beef broth and subbed the shitake mushrooms with regular mushrooms becausue of the expense. I thought it was good and would be even better with the wine and mushrooms.. Also, It made alot of gravy so I would think you really don't need as much liquid next time."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I thought this was very good. I didnt' have wine so I subbed extra beef broth but think it would have been even better with the wine. It made alot of gravy so I would think you really don't need as much liquid next time."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This recipe is FULL of flavor. All those vegetables cooked in the juices preserves all the wonderful nutrition. It will become a regular and favorite at our house."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"I didn't even do the gravy part and I subbed red potatoes for the parsnips b/c we don't like them and it still turned out great. DH really liked it."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"We found this a very work-intensive project, ending in poor results - too many mushrooms, onions. Taste not worth the cost and work."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This is the most tasty pot roast i ever made in a crock pot. I changed some things around. I used portebella mushrooms and a leaner cut of beef. Otherwise I followed the recipie. Usually I find the meat dry when i use my crock pot. Definately not the case with this."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"The meat and gravy are SO full of flavor. Delicious!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.