Nothing is as comforting as a flavorful, fork-tender oven pot roast. Best of all, this is ready for the oven in only 15 minutes, and uses simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry!

Pot roast with carrots and potatoes in a pottery bowl with a spoon

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When it’s August in the South, consistently nearly 90 degrees, and humid enough that you want to take a shower the moment you step out the door, I feel like I should be eating things like cucumber tomato salad and light, refreshing raw veggies for dinner. Crunchy, cold things.

But what was I supposed to do when jumbo-packs of stew-meat pot roast chunks were half off at Harris Teeter? It was out of my control. I don’t know how that value pack ended up in my cart, officer.

Well, I considered making something exciting and unexpected like French dip sandwiches or Chipotle-knockoff barbacoa with it.

But then the more I thought about it, and the more we had dark, night-like afternoons filled with thunderstorms that make you want to curl up under a blanket, the more regular ol’ classic pot roast started to sound like just the thing to do with three pounds of beef.

Pot roast with carrots and potatoes in hand-thrown ceramic bowl with spoon

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My mom, you should know, has been known to make a mean pot roast. At one point I asked her about it and she said she had forgotten how to make it.

What?! FORGOTTEN how to make the pot roast? The legendary fork-tender fall-apart meat and potatoes? The loss of a national treasure! Tragedy.

Flashback: I’m not sure how long ago it was, but when cheesy computer clip art was in its heyday, my mom made me a cookbook of her favorite go-to recipes, the half-letter pages in plastic sleeves decorated with exciting little cartoony illustrations of the ingredients. It was great.

There are a few recipes I consistently reference the book for, but honestly, (sorry, mother) I’ve never made half the things in there and I don’t even know what’s on many of the pages. So when I was flipping through the book one day (and my foreshadowing skills are sooooo subtle here, I’m sure), I was surprised and thrilled to find the long-lost oven pot roast recipe!

It may not be a slow-cooker recipe, but this classic oven pot roast is just as simple.

Hand holding glass baking pan of pot roast with carrots and potatoes

It probably only took 15 minutes to prep, contained mostly pantry-staple ingredients, and then during the long cooking time, Mike and I got all the yard work done. All of it.

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I’m talking mowing the lawn and weed-whacking by the fence and raised garden (thanks, dearest), trimming the monster bushes that shoot branches all the way to the freaking ROOF (no exaggeration, really!), watering all the potted plants, cutting all the dead sago palm branches off…

By the time we were done, it was dusk, we were dog-tired, and the most delicious aroma greeted us at the door. It was so powerful it even overpowered the sweat-and-bug-spray smell we brought in with us.

Much nicer than working in the yard for three hours, coming inside to no food and going “Wanna have mac and cheese?” Seriously, it was awesome. Just as flavorful and tender and comforting as I remembered, and much easier than I expected for a family-famous meal.

Close up of pot roast with carrots and potatoes in ceramic bowl

So, as my mother passed it on to me, I now pass it on to you: the famous pot roast.

Try serving this pot roast with:

  • No-Knead Rosemary Thyme Dutch Oven Bread
  • Lemon Broccoli Salad

If you like easy comfort food recipes, also check out:

  • Stove Top Beef Stew with Red Wine
  • Easy Turkey Chili
  • Kielbasa and Cabbage with Egg Noodles
  • Italian Sausage Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Or visit my comfort foods category page!

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