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October 30, 2022

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This is a great spin on a traditional pot roast, turning the cooking liquid into a rich and flavorful pottage (soup whose thick and creamy texture comes from cooked down vegetables) instead of straining and using thickeners to create a gravy. This whole meal is very allergy-friendly (free of grain, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts etc), and is wholly “one-pot.”

Pot Roast Pottage  |  Chris Loves Julia

The soup is so much better than any gravy, full of flavor and nutrients – the perfect backdrop for the tender roast, potatoes and carrots. Using an immersion blender really helps with this soup, but you could also make it in batches using a blender. Whichever way you go, it’s the perfect meal for a cool autumn evening.

Pot Roast Pottage | Chris Loves Julia
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Pot Roast Pottage

A pot roast that turns some of the cooked down vegetables into a creamy soup, upon which the roast, potatoes and carrots are served. Comforting, clean, and so much flavor.
Course: Main Course


  • 1 3lb chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup red beet washed, diced
  • 1 cup fennel bulb diced
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potato peeled, small diced
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash peeled, small diced
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic stems removed, smashed
  • 1 sprig rosemary wrapped with butcher's twine to hold needles in
  • 8 carrots large diced
  • 3 lb baby Yukon gold potatoes washed, kept whole
  • 1 1/2 qts beef bone broth
  • olive oil
  • to taste salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 325.

Sear the pot roast

  • Heat a large cast iron pot over medium high heat on the stove. Season the chuck roast on all sides with the steak seasoning. Add 2 tbsp olive oil then sear the top and bottom sides until they develop a decent crust. Remove the roast from the pot and set aside.

Cook the vegetables

  • In the same pot, add another tbsp of olive oil to the fond that remains. Add all of the vegetables (including the bay leaf and rosemary) except the carrots and potatoes. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the pot roast back into the pot on top of the vegetables (pouring in any juices that may have escaped during resting), and add the carrots and potatoes as well.
  • Add the bone broth, cover and bring to a simmer.

Cook the pot roast

  • Once the pot comes to a simmer, turn off the stove and transfer the pot to your preheated oven. Roast, with the lid on, for 3 hours.

Final prep and serve

  • Once the roast has finished, carefully remove the roast, potatoes and carrots and set aside. Remove and discard the rosemary and bay leaf. Using an immersion blender, blend the cooking liquid until it forms a smooth, velvety soup (think tomato soup texture). Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Serve the soup in a large, shallow bowl, with a portion of pot roast, 6-7 pieces of carrot, and 2-4 potatoes. Garnish with Italian parsley if desired. Enjoy warm.

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What do you think?

  1. Saesha says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious!

  2. Sarah says:

    Do you think this would do ok in a crock pot for the three hours on high or does it have to be the oven? Excited to try this!

  3. Rachel says:

    Made this for 2 and it was to die. My guy who doesn’t like roasts (!) loved it. Kinda long ingredients list but most of it was available pre cut at my store so pretty simple prep and the one pot easy cleanup can’t be beat. The pottage is good enough to make as soup on its own, we got into it with bread. Definitely doing this again, thank you Chris!

  4. Maribeth says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! Such a deep rich flavor. My grandkids ages 7&9 gave it a thumbs up. It will be a regular in our home. Thank you!

  5. Leah says:

    5 stars
    This was so hearty and cozy. I am pretty picky and honestly have never eaten a beet (embarrassingly enough) and no one in my family was the wiser that this was so nutrient packed. Glad to add this one to the fall and winter rotation.

  6. Lori H says:

    This looks amazing and I cannot wait to make it! Clean AND traditional with a twist!

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