pot roast with onions and carrots

The Best Pot Roast Ever with Carrots and Caramelized Onions

The pot roast is one of those budget-friendly American dinner classics. The aroma fills the house with warm and delightful memories of Sunday family dinners at grandmom’s house.

You can use any tougher meat for this recipe, bottom round, brisket or a boneless chuck roast all work well. We’ve found the bottom round to be the least expensive, typically around $5 a pound.

pot roast with onions and carrots

The Best Pot Roast Ever

A slow-cooked pot roast infused with onion flavors and a rich broth that simply melts in your mouth and satisfies even the heartiest of appetites.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 520 kcal


  • 3 lbs Bottom Round Roast
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 3 Onions
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Can Beef Broth
  • Rosemary chopped (optional)
  • 6-10 Small White Potatoes optional


  • Rinse the meat and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Salt and pepper all sides.
  • In a cast iron (or oven-safe) pot, heat 1 T olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Place the seasoned roast in the pot and brown on all sides.
  • Set the meat aside on a plate.
  • Chop and saute the onions in the same pan, stirring frequently. Be sure to scrape the pot to get all the good bits and mix them in with the onions.
  • Once the onions are translucent, place the roast on top. Add the beef broth, chopped rosemary, and potatoes if you are including them.
  • Cover and place in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours. (about 20 minutes per pound)
  • About 1 hour before the roast is done, add the carrots to the pot.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let the meat rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.


Any other root vegetables can be added to the pot such as turnips, parsnips, celery root or even sweet potatoes depending on your preference and the sales in the grocery store. Mashed potatoes also go extremely well with this meal.
Note: Nutritional values & calories were calculated without the potatoes.
Keyword caramelized onion, carrots, pot roast

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