Stupid-Easy Recipe for Lighter Pot Roast (#1 Top-Rated)


Tender, oven-braised pot roast is lightened up slightly with Italian flavors.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Lighter Pot Roast.

1. Info for Lighter Pot Roast

  • Cook Time: 4 Hr 20 Min
  • Total Time: 4 Hr 20 Min
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 773.07 kcal

2. Ingredients for Lighter Pot Roast

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 large carrots
  • 12 oz. cremini mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 lb.)
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz.)

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 275°F.

3.2 Prep

Cut the onion into 1-inch thick wedges. Chop the carrots into 1-inch pieces. Quarter the mushrooms. Remove the garlic cloves from their skins and smash with the back of a knife.

3.3 Stove

Spray a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium-high heat.

3.4 Prep

Pat the beef dry with paper towels, then place it on a large plate and coat on all sides with salt and black pepper.

3.5 Stove

Add the beef to the pot. Sear without moving until browned, 2 minutes. Flip the beef and sear an additional 2 minutes on the opposite side.

3.6 Prep

Remove the beef from the pot and transfer to a large plate.

3.7 Stove

Spray the pot once more with nonstick cooking spray. Add the onions, carrots and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. If the vegetables begin to stick add a splash of chicken broth.

Slowly pour the chicken broth into the pot, gently scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Return the pot roast to the pot and add the thyme and rosemary. Pour the crushed tomatoes over the meat.

3.8 Prep

Remove the pot from the heat and cover.

3.9 Oven

Roast on middle rack of oven until the meat is extremely tender and easily shredded with a fork, 3 1/2-4 hours.

3.10 Check

Check to see that pot roast is done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.11 Serve

Transfer the pot roast to a large serving dish. Shred the meat with two forks. Use a slotted spoon to remove the mushrooms and carrots from the pot, and arrange over the pot roast. Serve immediately.


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