Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast – Inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Slow cooker beef pot roast is hearty, comforting, and easy to make – perfect for a Sunday supper!
I should have known I’d be a foodie. Even back in the days when, in my world, fruit = banana, vegetable = corn, lunch = ham sandwich on potato roll, no mayo or mustard, I would go into my grandma’s bedroom, gather all her bottle of perfume, boxes of jewelry, and knick knacks, and…
pretend they were my ingredients and kitchen gadgets while I watched The Frugal Gourmet. My destiny was clearly sealed.
In high school, after I finished my homework, I would sit in my room to watch Too Hot Tamales and How to Boil Water . Well, when Melrose Place, 90210, and Friends weren’t on. Now, other than Glee, the only thing I set my DVR for is Top Chef, Cupcake Wars, Sweet Genius, and the like. When I travel, I do like to find little hole in the wall places, but I also get excited to try a restaurant owned by Emeril or Bobby or Wolfgang or whoever. Clearly I am caught up in the celebrity chef culture.
And while some people do solely watch for the entertainment value (which is fine, by the way), I have learned so many tricks and techniques, and I have made a number of the recipes I’ve seen on TV. Heck, The Bug’s name was inspired by one of my favorite chefs. So naturally I was very excited about this week’s #SundaySupper theme – Your Favorite Chef-Inspired Dishes. This week’s event is hosted by Tammi from Momma’s Meals, and is certain to be a ton of fun.
Giada is definitely one of my favorite TV chefs. Yes, she was born in Italy into a famous family, went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, lives in California, is gorgeous, has an adorable daughter, and a stylish husband, but I still think she and I could just chit-chat in the backyard with a few glasses of Pinot Grigio. Plus, many of her recipes strike that balance that I love to achieve – gourmet taste, but totally approachable and doable for the home cook. I regularly make a few of her dishes, including her Butternut Squash Gratin and Stracoto with Porcini Mushrooms.
Slow cooker beef pot roast is inspired by the Stracoto, but I wanted to make it even more accessible to the home cook. It calls for fresh mushrooms versus dried, and a slow cooker instead of a slow braise in the oven. Plus, no need to strain it all out and puree to make a gravy, and all the veggies cook right with the meat, for simplicity and flavor. Come home at the end of a long day, and all you need is some polenta, potatoes, pasta, or even just bread to soak up all the flavorful juices.
I actually made and posted about this slow cooker beef pot roast once before. But I really wanted to give it a revamp, using better photos and my better recipe plug-in to make it easier for you to save and print if you like. This includes a more Giada-inspired side dish (polenta instead of mashed potatoes), a better cut of meat, and a little more color in the form of more veggies! I was quite happy with the outcome, as were The Hubby and The Bug. It was a flavorful, comforting dinner on a cold Friday night that made the house smell incredible all day.
Check out the other Chef-inspired dishes at the bottom of the page.
Who is your favorite chef?
I hope you enjoy this slow cooker beef pot roast with mushrooms recipe!
Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms
- 1 2 to 3-pound or bigger beef eye round or top round roast (or another type of beef roast, such as chuck)
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/4 c cornstarch
- 1 t kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 c beef broth/stock
- 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
- 2 T tomato paste
- 1 medium or 1/2 of a large onion quartered
- 3 garlic cloves smashed and peeled
- 1 c dry red wine I've used Merlot and Zinfandel
- 10 oz. cremini baby bella, or white button mushrooms, halved or quartered
- 1 c baby carrots or whole carrots, peeled and cut into “fingers”
- 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1/2 c frozen peas no need to thaw
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Combine the corn starch, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.
- Roll the meat around in the cornstarch mixture until it is coated on all sides. Set aside the remaining cornstarch mixture.
- Sear the meat in the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, until it is nice and browned.
- While the meat is searing, add the reserved cornstarch mixture, broth, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste to the slow cooker, and stir to dissolve.
- Remove the meat from the pan, and put it in the slow cooker.
- Reduce the heat to low and pour the wine into the pan. Scrape up any of the brown bits with a wooden spoon, and pour everything into the crockpot.
- Arrange the onion, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and rosemary around the roast.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is cooked through. Add the peas during the last few minutes of cooking.
- Remove the meat, carrots, and mushrooms from the slow cooker. Ladle out or strain the liquid from the crockpot, and serve on the side as a gravy.
Now that you have the recipe for my slow cooker beef pot roast, check out these Sunday Supper recipes:
Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog – Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli
The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummi – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Bacon Mac & Cheese
Alice at Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at Juanita’s Cocina – The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Isabel at Family Foodie – Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine – Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork
Elisabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice
Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip – Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles – Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Conni at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Katy over at Happy Baking Days – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM – Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry – Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog