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Italian-style pot roast

Points® value
Total Time
10 hr 40 min
40 min
10 hr
Not sure what “fork-tender ” means? With pot roast or poultry, as well as potatoes and other hard vegetables, it’s when a fork can be inserted into food and then easily removed.


Uncooked lean beef round

48 oz, 1 (3-pound) bottom round beef roast, trimmed

Kosher salt

1½ tsp(s), divided

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)

Black pepper


All-purpose flour

2 tbsp(s)

Olive oil

1 tbsp(s)

Red onion

1 large, quartered and thinly sliced


3 clove(s), large, minced

Dried porcini mushrooms

½ oz, (1 tbsp), finely chopped


1 tbsp(s), fresh chopped, or 3/4 tsp dried

Canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, 1 (14 1/2-oz) can

Fresh parsley

8 sprig(s), flat-leaf, tied together with kitchen twine


  1. Sprinkle roast with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Place beef on a sheet of wax paper; sprinkle with flour, gently pressing so it adheres.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm oil. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt slow cooker.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to skillet and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, dried mushrooms, and rosemary and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to slow cooker; stir in tomatoes, parsley sprigs, remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and remaining 1/8 tsp pepper. Cover and cook until beef is fork-tender, 4 to 6 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low. Remove and discard parsley sprigs. Transfer beef to a cutting board; let stand loosely covered 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, pour pan liquid and vegetables into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to about 2 cups.
  5. Cut beef against grain into 16 slices. Serve with sauce and vegetables.
  6. Per serving: 2 slices beef and 1/4 cup sauce with vegetables