Stove Top Pot Roast


Learn how to cook pot roast with this simple and savory stovetop pot roast made with turnips, carrots, and potatoes. Warm up a nice loaf of bread and toss a salad, and you have a hearty meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast

  • 4 cups water, or as needed

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 turnips, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 6 medium red potatoes, quartered

  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add roast and quickly brown on all sides.

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  2. Add enough water to the pot to cover roast; add celery, garlic, onion, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours and 15 minutes, adding additional water if needed to keep the roast covered.

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  3. Add turnips and potatoes; simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

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  4. Add carrots; simmer for 30 minutes, or until roast can be pulled apart with a fork. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed before serving.

    pot roast with carrots in pot

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

608 Calories
30g Fat
52g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 608
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 51mg 255%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1785mg 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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