Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pot Roast in Tomato Sauce

Pot Roast in Tomato Sauce

Pot roast is a long-standing favorite for both our families and I make a few different variations. We generally prefer a brown gravy over a red sauce but both are delicious.  I prefer using the eye round cut over other roasts because it's very lean but very flavorful and becomes incredibly tender after a long slow braise. This, then, is the recipe for the tomato version of the recipe.

3-4 lb. Eye round or other pot or oven roast
1 Tablespoon olive or canola oil
3 Carrots, peeled and sliced
3 Stalks celery, sliced
2 Onions, peeled and diced
6 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Cups red wine
1 28 oz. Can whole plum tomatoes in puree
2 Cups chicken stock
Small handful of fresh thyme
2 Tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour the oil into a large pot, season the roast with salt and pepper and sear in the pot until browned on all sides.  Remove the roast to a large plate.  Add the carrots, onions, celery and garlic to the pot and sauté until tender.  Please the roast back into the pot, add the tomatoes, wine and enough chicken stock to nearly cover the meat.  Add the thyme, cover and cook in a 350 degree oven for 3 hours.

Allow the cooked roast to cool before slicing.  Strain as much of the vegetables from the pot as you like but this sauce is rustic and can be chunky.  Thicken the sauce with the flour, slice the meat and add the slices back into the pot to reheat.

Makes approximately 9 - 12 servings.


  1. I love pot roast, but I've never tried it in a tomato sauce. I bet it's wonderful! It looks delicious!

  2. This brings back memories of family dinners growing up. This reminds me of a Swiss steak recipe that my mom used to make. I think I will try this and add some green peppers.

  3. Yum, looks so homey and rustic. Perfect fall dish. Pot roast is my daughter's fave. It's one of the few meats she will actually eat.

  4. My Mother used to make a similar pot roast with stewed tomatoes. I think I'll make this soon in the crock pot!

  5. I don't think I've ever had a pot roast with a tomato-based sauce. It definitely sounds tasty!

  6. I love pot roast and have not been able to make as good a one as my Grammie used to. I will have to try your recipe!

  7. I love post roast in tomato sauce.
    My mom used to make it when I was growing up.


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