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15-Minute Meals: Easiest Pot Roast Ever

15-Minute Meals: Easiest Pot Roast Ever

This is truly the easiest braised meat you’ll ever make. With five ingredients-chuck roast, olive oil, onions, salt, and parsley, you won’t believe how delicious it is! It takes 5 minutes to get it going in the morning, then it’s ready for dinner.  You can either put it in a slow cooker on low all day, or follow the instructions for cooking in the oven.

I like to serve this pot roast over buttered pasta or as a sandwich slathered with a mixture of horseradish and mayo. Trust me-it won’t disappoint on its own either!


  • 3 lbs boneless beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Italian parsley leaves, chopped


Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F. Cut the meat into large 4 -inch chunks and trim any excess fat. Rinse the meat and pat dry with paper towels. If you have the time, set it aside to come to room temperature for up to an hour.


Pour 3 tablespoons of the oil into a 5- to 7-quart Dutch oven (it should be just big enough to hold the meat in 1 layer).Tilt the pot to coat the bottom of it with the oil. Add half of the onion slices to the pan. Top with the meat, sprinkle with the salt, then cover with the remaining onions. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over everything. Cover pot tightly (if your lid isn’t a good fit, cover the pot with foil before putting the lid on top).

Place in the oven and cook until the meat is literally falling apart, about 3 hours, stirring gently halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and drain off the fat. Break up meat slightly with a large fork or spoon. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve. Or combine a tablespoon of prepared horseradish with a few tablespoons of sour cream and serve on the side as well. Delicious!

Recipe adapted from Tuesday Recipe by Tori Ritchie

For another delicious 15-Minute Meal, see Broccoli and Chicken Bowls.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, which provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her most recent book project is Williams-Sonoma’s Essentials of Roasting, Revised Edition. 

Image Source: A. Haas

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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JennyLevy JennyLevy 6 years
Sorry, meant garlic cloves and 2 + 1/2.
JennyLevy JennyLevy 6 years
Another quik make meal. Roast meat with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, fresh rosmary, wine and a little water. Put 7-10 garlic coles into slices in the sides of the meat. pour the rest of the ingredients, cover and roast in a hot oven around 21/2 hrs. Take the lid off for the 20-30 mins to brown and serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Delicious!
MaryellenJaynes MaryellenJaynes 6 years
If you don't have a dutch oven try a heavy base pan
BobbiRussell74314 BobbiRussell74314 6 years
Does anybody read? Second sentence,,,,
AnitaPickens AnitaPickens 6 years
hhhmmm, no water involved?
BeckyCarlsonHall BeckyCarlsonHall 6 years
The directions say you can cook it in a crockpot on low all day. I am definitely adding this to my meal plan for the week! Yum!
MaryKaySchiebel MaryKaySchiebel 6 years
Sounds good make something similar to this. I will give it a try.
AndreaSeisler AndreaSeisler 6 years
I don't have a dutch oven. Can this be done in a crock pot? I know mine only has options of High and low for temperature settings.
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