How To Cook a Roast

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Want to make the perfect pot roast for that family gathering? I have just the ticket! It is my secret weapon when it comes to getting a flavorful roast with gravy built right into it! Sometimes cooking the perfect roast can be daunting, especially when you have a houseful of hungry guests. My simple pot roast recipe will make feeding that family a breeze, and they will be complimenting you on your culinary skills for months to come, and begging to know your "secret."

Things You'll Need

  • Crock pot or roasting pan
  • Chuck roast
  • Carrots
  • potatoes
  • Mushrooms, fresh or canned
  • 1 large family sized can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet Lipton's dry onion soup/dip mix.
  • garlic (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Season your roast to taste. Throw some garlic salt and some pepper on it. You don't really need it because of the Lipton's, but it makes it more flavorful.

Place it in your crockpot and put a bit of water in with it. Don't quite cover it though. If you are using a roasting pan and your oven, preheat the oven to about 375 degrees. Put the roast in the roaster with a bit of water.

Get a bowl and open the can of cream of mushroom soup. Dump it in the bowl and then add about half a can or so of water to the mixture.

Open the packet of Lipton's onion soup powder and pour in the bowl. Mix all of these ingredients thoroughly.

Pour the mixture on top of your roast,and spread around. Poke some holes in the roast with a fork so some of the juice gets down in it.

Add fresh veggies to the mix. Use baby carrots and chop potatoes into quarters. If you are using canned veggies, wait and add them the last half hour of cooking time. If you plan on adding barley, add it now as well, as it can take a while to cook too.

Set and forget if you are using a crock pot. Put it on high and let it cook for a few hours. Check it for tenderness. If it falls apart beneath your fork, it is done.

Be aware that if you're cooking it in the oven, cooking times can vary depending on the size of your roast. Let it cook about 2 hours or so, and then check it. Again, if it is falling apart beneath your fork, it's perfect. If it is still a little tough, let it cook a bit longer.

That's it! Nine steps to a fabulous, flavorful pot roast the whole family can enjoy!

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to keep an eye on the fluid level. If it starts cooking to fast and soaks up all the water, add some more to keep it moist.
  • If you are leaving your roast to cook in your crock pot and you will be gone all day, use the low setting.

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