Italian Pot Roast

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours


8 servings

Updated: Mar. 17, 2023
I make this regularly, as it's a favorite of my husband's. I'm always asked for the recipe. You'll love how this Italian pot roast seems to melt-in-your-mouth. —Debbie Daly, Buckingham, Illinois


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup Burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, onion, wine, salt, basil, oregano, garlic and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve with meat.
Italian Pot Roast Tips

What other kinds of meat can you use to make pot roast?

Although there many options to choose from, the best cut of meat for this recipe is a classic chuck roast. You can also use something from the same cost bracket, such as tri-tip roast, top round roast or bottom round roast. Like choosing the best beef for stew, when it comes to cooking meats in the slow cooker, cheaper is often better: The more expensive tender cuts can turn out tough and chewy with prolonged cooking.

What do you serve with Italian pot roast?

Serve Italian pot roast scooped over a bed of polenta, egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes—whatever suits your liking!

Can you make Italian pot roast ahead of time?

Yes! Make this Italian pot roast the day before a hectic schedule, and enjoy an easy, hearty meal that just needs reheating. Leftover pot roast should last up to four days when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

5 ounces cooked beef: 345 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.