Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables

This Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe is sure to please a big crowd while freeing up your day for other activities! 

Ah, the slow cooker, one of the greatest kitchen appliances. I love to use it on the weekends as it frees up more time for me to be social, relax, take naps or work on photography projects. This recipe is one that my Mom would make quite often and I hated growing up. Isn’t it funny how our childhood taste buds don’t know anything?

Pot roast has never been a favorite dish of mine. There was always something “funny” about the texture. Today, I smile when I smell the aroma of a slow cooking roast filling the house.

I served this along side carrots, celery, onions and garlic all in the crockpot with a healthy serving of beef broth. I roasted red potatoes separately in the oven and rubbed them with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder and parsley. I made a small side salad and served everything with a loaf of bread for dipping.

If you are looking for a quick meal, like I know our friend Katie from Katie’s Cucina and Sew Woodsy will be when her baby boy is born, a slow cooker recipe can’t be beat. This recipe does have a bit of prep work. You will need to chop and dice the vegetables and you will need to brown the roast before situating it into the crock-pot. The good news is that you can do most of this work the night before and assemble once you are ready to turn on your crock-pot 8 hours before dinner!

Katie, you are going to be a truly wonderful Mom. Your son is one lucky guy to have such creative and caring parents! I can’t wait to read about your journey with motherhood and wish you all the luck in the world!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables

While this recipe takes 30 minutes of active preparation, you can easily cut that in half by chopping the onions, celery and carrots the night before and storing in the refrigerator until you are ready to turn on the slow cooker. In theory, I'm sure you could also brown the roast the night before.

Yield: 5-6

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 8 hour

Total Time: 8 hour 30 min


4 lb bottom roast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 celery, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
2  1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth, divided
2 Tbsp dried parsley or 3 fresh parsley sprigs
2 Tbsp dried thyme or 3 fresh thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves


Sear roast in 2 Tbsp olive oil. Set aside on a plate. In the same pan add chopped onion and minced garlic cloves and cook on medium low until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add in 1/2 cup of the low sodium beef broth and scrape the bits. Transfer mixture to the bottom of a slow cooker. Place browned roast on top and add the chopped celery and carrots around the roast. Add 2 cups of the beef broth and add the dried or fresh herbs to mixture along with the bay leaves.

Cook in slow cooker on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 hours.

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