Jan D'Atri Pot Roast

Jan D'Atri Pot Roast

It’s about as traditional as it gets, and with very little effort, you can take credit for a mouth-watering meal of fork tender beef, braised vegetables and rich, red wine gravy that you can spoon over both.

Pot Roast can be cooked a number of ways: stove-top, in the oven or in a crock pot.

Whichever method you decide upon, make sure that you sear the roast to a nice, deep brown. You can make pot roast from several different cuts of meat: cross rib, bottom round or chuck roast.

Hands down, I prefer chuck roast. I think it’s more flavorful and doesn’t take hours and hours to get it fork tender. When the roast is done, you really don’t need much more to complete this dinner save for a nice loaf of crusty bread and a tossed salad! How does this American classic sound for dinner tonight?


1 (approx 2.5 lb) chuck roast

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

1 cup flour for dredging

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 ½ cups sweet yellow onion, rough chopped

1 ½ cups baby carrots

2 stalks celery, rough chopped

1 leek (white and light green part) chopped

3-4 large fresh garlic cloves, chopped

1 ½ cups red wine (like a Malbec, Cabernet or


1 (14 oz.) can beef broth

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes  

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

3 bay leaves

3 branches fresh thyme

2 branches fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

6-8 baby potatoes (whole) or 2 baking potatoes, peeled and quartered


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. After patting the roast dry, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper over entire roast. Spread flour on a baking sheet or large plate.

Roll or dredge the roast in flour, making sure all sides are coated.

In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the roast and over medium high heat, sear until browned on all sides. Remove the roast to a large plate. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the Dutch oven.

Add the onions, carrots, celery, leek and garlic, cooking over medium heat until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine. Return the roast to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 2-3 hours or more until meat is fork-tender.

Add the potatoes to the Dutch oven and continue to cook the roast for another 30 minutes or until meat is fork tender. When roast is cooked, place on a serving platter and surround the roast with vegetables. Pour sauce from the pot over the roast and vegetables.

Watch my how-to video: jandatri.com/jans-recipe/one-minute-kitchen