Classic Italian Pot Roast


  • 3 lb chuck roast, shoulder cut
  • table salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, cassava flour
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 lb small yellow potatoes
  • 1 lb carrots, chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh parsley or cilantro
  • fresh thyme


Begin by sprinkling the meat with salt and pepper on all sides.
Heat the oil in a  oven or a large pot. To seal in moisture and flavor, brown the roast on all sides [approximately 15 minutes]. Place on a plate to cool.
Add onions and garlic to the remaining fat in the saucepan and cook until onions are transparent [approximately 2-3 minutes]. Then add the tomato paste, followed by the flour. The flour will absorb all of the oil/moisture at this stage. Add the wine, whisk it in, and let it decrease for 1-2 minutes. Add beef broth, bay leaves, and a couple sprigs of fresh thyme.
Reintroduce the beef to the pot. Carrots and potatoes should be placed around the steak in the stew. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, covered.
Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro before serving.

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