Easy Pot Roast Recipe for Oven

Let me start by saying this easy pot roast recipe can be a slow cooker roast recipe or an oven pot roast. 

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My gramma's easy pot roast recipe is the best! She used to make roast, potatoes, and carrots every Sunday when we we children. I still remember how the smell would flood my senses when we would open the door.

The best way to cook this is to put it in cooking at lunch time of the evening you want it (if you're using an oven). If you are cooking a roast in the crock pot, put it on low 6-8 hours. So here's what you need for that delicious just like grandma would cook it for Sunday dinner.

What you need:

  • 3 to 4 pound Rump or pork roast
  • potatoes
  • carrots (you can save time by using baby carrots)
  • package of onion soup mix, such as Liptons
  • package of brown gravy mix
  • standard size can of cream of mushroom soup
  • salt
  • water


Take a large pan (if you have a cast iron dutch oven, it's the best!) and put your meat in with the FAT side UP.

Next wash a few potatoes, depending on how big your pan is and how many it can hold.  Cut them in half or quarters to make them fit well.  Then add in some carrots.

Now sprinkle the dry brown gravy mix and the dry onion soup mix all over the meat, potatoes, and carrots. Give it a generous sprinkling of salt, spoon the mushroom soup evenly over the contents, then fill the soup can up with water and add it to the pan.

Put a tight lid on it (that heavy cast iron one worked so well) or cover very tightly with heavy duty foil.

Roast Cooking Time:

    Cook in a 225 oven for 6 hours.

You can turn this into a crock pot roast recipe by following the above directions, and cook on low all day 6-8 hours.   I've tried them both, and I prefer the oven for some reason, but whatever your preference.  During the winter, the oven serves dual purpose for heating the kitchen while cooking.  During the summer, I would go with a crock pot to keep from heating up the kitchen. 

This makes a rather delicious "gravy" all by itself, but if you'd like to thicken it into a real roast gravy. Here's how. Roast gravy.

My gramma always served her roast with a side of something green.  Green beans cooked with bacon were a favorite of ours.  I hope you enjoy this recipe, and make the same great memories for your family that I have of our Sunday dinner tradition.

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