One of our favorite comfort foods, classic Pot Roast has just a handful of ingredients, including beef, potatoes, carrots, and onion. It’s inexpensive, hearty, warms the belly, and just feels like home.
Pot roast isn’t really a specific cut of meat—it’s more of a method to slowly cook a big hunk of tough meat (the tougher, the better!) until meltingly tender. Most people use a rump roast or bottom round cut of meat, but you can also ask for chuck or brisket.
Cut roast in half (optional). Add 3 to 4 tablespoons oil or fat to skillet. Brown meat on all sides over medium-high heat.
Place meat in a large ovenproof pan.
Add broth, onion, and celery around roast; season with salt and pepper. Cook covered in 375 degrees F oven for 2-½ to 3 hours or until fork-tender.
You can either place vegetables around roast for the last hour of cooking or wait until the roast is done, remove it (keeping it covered and warm), then put carrots and potatoes in the oven and cook, covered, until tender, approximately 45 minutes.
Remove meat and vegetables from cooking pan and keep warm while you make a flour-thickened gravy from the juices.