Hearty New England Dinner

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
This favorite slow-cooker recipe came from a friend. At first my husband was a bit skeptical about a roast that is not made in the oven, but he loves the old-fashioned goodness of this version. The horseradish in the gravy adds zip. —Claire McCombs, San Diego, California


  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 small head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish


  1. Place the carrots, onion and celery in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half. Place roast over vegetables; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Add the soup mix, water, vinegar and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 7-9 hours.
  2. Remove beef and keep warm; discard bay leaf. Add cabbage. Cover and cook on high until cabbage is tender, 30-40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in flour and onion. Skim fat from cooking liquid in slow cooker. Add 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid to the saucepan. Stir in horseradish and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, 2 minutes. Serve with roast and vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 371 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 747mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.