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Easy, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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Please forgive the crummy picture. Recovering sick people don’t always have the wherewithal to prettify things.

When it comes to blogging, lately I’m like a bad boyfriend. I swear, this time I abandoned you for good reason: I was sick. Sick sick sick. Miserably sick, for more than a week. And when I finally emerged from the crypt, so much work had piled up I feared I might never dig out.

Between the being-sick and the digging-out, cooking fell pretty low on my priority list. It took two household appliances to save my sorry butt: The freezer and the slow cooker. My freezer’s wonders, I extolled at my Weight Watchers blog. Now let’s talk slow cooker.

While I was still too weak to do much more than sit with an IV drip of takeout chicken noodle soup, Stephen helped me toss together a batch of Overnight Chicken Soup—we wound up saving beaucoup bucks, since I didn’t order in again after that. And once I was back on my still-wobbly feet, I came up with the recipe I’m about to share with you.

Friends, you are going to want to make this. It’s practically the easiest pot roast ever. All you do is toss some vegetables in the base of the slow cooker—I went heavy on the onions for this—put the meat on top, and pour in a mix of red wine, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Can you say, “umami”? No browning meat, no pre-cooking vegetables. The effort-to-payoff ratio is off the charts. For approximately ten minutes of work, you get rich-tasting, no-knife-needed meat plus vegetables so soft you can feed them to your toothless granny, and a sauce that’s admittedly thin, but so flavorful you won’t notice.

By dinnertime I was a little steadier on my feet so I roasted some potatoes to go with, but you could also serve it atop their mashed cousins, or noodles, or rice. If you’re like me, you’ve probably got one of those in the freezer right now…

As for Harry, well, he ate one chunk of roasted potato, some bread, and some fruit (both of which I serve with every meal). Not a speck of pot roast passed between his discerning lips. At this point, that’s par for the course.

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Serves 4-6

The thinner you cut your vegetables, the softer they’ll be. If you’d like a little bite in yours, cut into one-inch chunks.

3 ribs celery, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
3 large onions, sliced thin, divided
3-pound chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
salt & pepper
1 cup red wine
1 cup water
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  1. Put the celery, carrots, and half the onions in the slow cooker insert. Sprinkle both sides of the meat with salt and pepper and place on top, then cover with the remaining onions.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a four-cup measuring cup, then pour over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or HIGH for 4-5 hours. Remove the meat and vegetables, and skim the fat off the liquid that remains.

NOTE: If you’d like a thicker sauce, transfer those juices to a saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Make a slurry with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of water, then stir it in. Let it simmer for a minute or two, until the sauce thickens.

MAKE BABY FOOD: This dish has alcohol in it, but it cooks for so long that there should be virtually none left. As always, it’s your call. If you’re game (and I was, with Harry), the vegetables will be so soft you can mash them with a fork, and the meat will puree easily.


This Post Has 13 Comments

    1. Ingrid Paukszto

      Am going to make this for tonight’s dinner. By the comments I’ve read, I am super excited to taste it. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  1. This sounds delicious. I’m on a mission to use my slow cooker everyday for a year to make WW Friendly recipes. I’ve bookmarked this to try very soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Debbie Koenig

      The slow cooker is a FANTASTIC tool for losing weight–many recipes use very little added fat, and with dishes like this you can skim off the fat after it’s cooked.

  2. WordyDoodles

    Ok, this is in the slow cooker right now. Easy easy prep, very affordable (and it’ll make at least two meals, even with just a two pound roast) and it already smells delicious. Thank you for helping me feed my family!!

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Yay! I love it when people report back! Hope it tastes as good as it smells…

  3. Ali

    I made this today. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe, we all loved it. I have some questions for you about the meat. I bought a 3-lb chuck roast at Whole Foods, and as so often happens when I buy beef there, the beef wasn’t tender, it was kind of tough. Do you have any thoughts on where one can find beef that will cook tender? I cooked it for 5 hours on high…do you think if I had done 10 hours on low it might have been more tender? Thanks again.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Thank you for asking this, Ali! And I’m so glad you liked it! I’m pretty sure even the toughest meat will eventually tenderize if you just let it keep cooking. Mine wasn’t quite there yet after 9 hours on low, but another 45 minutes was like magic. Next time, just keep cooking it. Don’t stop until a fork glides right in. That should hold true for high or low settings, on the stovetop, in the oven…

  4. JKronenberg

    Thanks for the great recipe! How many points would be in one serving?

    1. Debbie Koenig

      So sorry, I’m just seeing this! Hopefully by now you’ve used the Recipe Builder on I must admit, I haven’t done that myself! I don’t know the points values. I should, but I don’t.

  5. pam berry

    I am going to try this tomorrow what type of red wine


    I am crazy about my crock pot, I use it several times a week! I will be bookmarking this page and trying out some of these recipes because I;m sure my family is getting sick of the same ones over and over.

  7. Gloria Jean

    I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

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