This Simple Sunday Pot Roast Dinner is an easy one skillet meal that is perfect for Sunday dinner, the holidays or even a cozy evening at home. Beef chuck roast is cooked low and slow with potatoes and carrots for the best tasting pot roast you have ever had! For a quick overview of this recipe check out my web story for this Cast Iron Skillet Pot Roast!
Simple Sunday Pot Roast Dinner
As a kid, my mom used to make a pot roast pretty regularly on Sundays. While we were at church, she would cook the roast in the slow cooker with potatoes and carrots. When we got home, the house was always filled with the most amazing aroma. This is my version of her famous pot roast dinner that has quickly become a Sunday dinner staple in our house.
Best Cut of Meat for Pot Roast
There are a few different cuts of meat that work well for pot roast. It's best to use a tougher cut of meat since it's going to be cooked low and slow. It's also important to look for a decent amount of fat marbling. I prefer to use beef chuck roast because it both has a good marbling of fat and it's rather inexpensive. Brisket is also a good option that I have used before, but it tends to be more expensive. Lastly, bottom round or rump roast is another inexpensive option that can be used. Rump roast tends to be a bit leaner, so adjustments to the cooking time or addition of fat may be needed. It's best to choose the cut of meat that is best for you based on your budget and perhaps the occasion. For special occasions, I sometimes splurge for the good stuff!
How to Make Pot Roast in the Oven
To make this Simple Sunday Pot Roast Dinner, you will need a large oven-safe pot or pan. I like using my large Lodge 15" Cast Iron Skillet or Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven so I can easily go from stovetop to oven for this one pan dinner.
- First, season your beef and sear it in your pan. This allows for maximum flavor and to seal in the juiciness of the roast.
- Next, you will add chopped potatoes, onions and baby carrots to that same pan.
- Then, sprinkle the top of the roast with dry onion soup mix and add beef broth and fresh thyme sprigs.
- Lastly, cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and cook low and slow till tender and juicy!
Don't forget to let your pot roast sit for at least 10 minutes after cooking before you slice it. This helps all the juices redistribute back into the meat so it's not dry.
More Sunday Dinner Recipes...
If you liked this recipe, please check out these other Sunday dinner ideas:
- Braciole with Marinara
- Homemade Spinach Fettucine
- The Perfect Classic Italian Lasagna
- Italian Style Meatloaf with Marinara
- Carbonara Mac and Cheese
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**This post was originally published in October 2019 and was updated in January 2021