1, 2, 3 Pot Roast


No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cook’s past, the advice and menus of cook’s present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.
And so I always cook this pot roast with my ex-boyfriend’s mom in mind, whom I only met once. I got rid of the boyfriend and kept his mom’s pot roast recipe. Hey, don’t judge. Some girls keep the jewelry, I retain the recipes. Ok, sometimes I keep the jewelry too. Can you blame me?
Make this no-fail version in three easy steps:
  1. brown the beef
    2. add the soups
  2. cook for 3-4 hours (8 hours on low, if cooking in a slow cooker)
Serves 4

1 (3-pound) boneless Chuck Roast
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup
1 can French Onion Soup
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water


Heat the oil in a heavy Dutch oven or a large pot over medium-high heat, add the roast and brown all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker if you’re cooking it that way or skip this step if you’re cooking it on the stove top. Add soups and water and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 4 hours or until meat is tender, turning it occasionally. Serve with mashed potatoes and vegetables of your choice.


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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    March 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Craving this…but don’t want to use condensed soups..help?

  2. Reply
    March 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Sauté 2 large onions with 1 large carrot , both chopped, after you brown the meat. Add tomato sauce or 2-3 fresh tomatoes. You can omit mushrooms all together in this version. Add 2-3 cups beef broth (or water but don’t forget to season it), return meat to the pot and simmer for the same amount of time. If needed, thicken sauce with cornstarch or flour (Mix 1 tablespoon flour with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste). Let me know if you have more questions

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