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Italian Pot Roast Recipe




  • 4 oz Bacon
  • 3 lbs Beef (such as chuck roast or bottom round)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup Celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 sprig Thyme
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups Beef broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. In a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until it’s crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside, leaving the rendered fat in the pot.
  3. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. In the same pot with the bacon fat, sear the beef on all sides until it’s browned. This helps to develop flavor.
  4. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside. In the same pot, add a bit more oil if needed, then add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  5. Add the minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  6. Return the beef and bacon to the pot. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme sprigs.
  7. Pour in the beef broth until the beef is mostly covered. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  8. Cover the pot with a lid and transfer it to the preheated oven. Let it roast for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the beef is fork-tender.
  9. Once the pot roast is done, carefully remove it from the oven. Remove the bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme sprigs.
  10. Serve the Italian pot roast hot, slicing the beef and spooning the vegetables and sauce over the top. Enjoy your delicious Italian-inspired meal!❤️

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