Old-Fashioned Pot Roast Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Pot Roast Recipe

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I got this recipe from my mom, a great cook. My sister, dad and I loved it when she made her pot roast. Later, I served this dish in our restaurant for many years. It's a recipe that just says "home cooking."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 celery rib, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 407 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 664mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein


  1. Sprinkle the roast with 1 tablespoon flour. In a Dutch oven, brown the roast on all sides in half of the butter. Add the water, bouillon, onion, celery, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Add carrots; cover and simmer 45-60 minutes longer or until meat is tender. Remove meat and carrots to a serving platter and keep warm. Strain cooking juices; set aside.
  3. In the same Dutch oven, melt remaining butter. Stir in remaining flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Add 2 cups of the cooking juices and blend until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened; add additional cooking juices until gravy has desired consistency. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Pot Roast in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p37

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"This recipe is incredible! My family loves it! I make it every fall and winter months!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015


Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015 Edited Jul. 21, 2015

"EX!!!!! As written... added a little red wine...."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"Very tasty! A nice change from my traditional crockpot mushroom soup recipe.

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Best recipe I've found so far. Much better than using a slow cooker!"

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