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Easy Pot Roast with Rich Tomato Gravy

There’s no substitute for an old-fashioned pot roast. Its appetizing aromas, wafting through the house, are every bit as good as the meal itself. This easy-to make version using a slow cooker, features a can of tomato soup which creates a sumptuous gravy. Serve it with plenty of creamy mashed potatoes to soak up the sumptuous sauce. Imagine coming home after a long day at work to this comforting and perfect pot roast….bliss

  1. 1 boneless beef pot roast, chuck blade or cross rib (3 to 4 lbs/ 1.5 to 2 kg)
  2. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 ml
  3. 2 onions, thinly sliced
  4. 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  5. 3 large carrots, cut into chunks
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 tsp dry mustard 5 ml
  8. 1⁄2 tsp dried thyme 2 ml
  9. 1⁄2 tsp cracked black peppercorns 2 ml
  10. 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 30 ml
  11. 1 can (10 oz/284 ml) condensed tomato soup
  12. 1⁄2 cup Hearty Beef Stock (page 43) or ready-to-use beef broth 125 ml
  13. 2 tbsp packed brown sugar (optional) 30 ml
  14. 2 tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar 30 ml
  15. (optional)
  16. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 15 ml
  1. Pat roast dry with paper towel. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add roast and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large (minimum 5-quart) slow cooker.
  2. Reduce stovetop heat to medium. Add onions, celery and carrots to pan and cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, mustard, thyme and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and stir. Add tomato soup and broth and cook, stirring, until thickened.
  3. Pour mixture over roast, cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours, until meat is very tender.
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker and place on serving platter. Stir brown sugar (if using), vinegar (if using) and Worcestershire sauce into pan juices. Pour sauce over roast or serve in a separate sauceboat. Serve piping hot.
  5. Serves 6 to 8.
  1. Tip: There is no added salt in this recipe because the tomato soup is fairly high in sodium. Taste the sauce once it is assembled and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.
The Best of Bridge

This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge Home Cooking.