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Italian pot roast recipe

Italian pot roast recipe

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A great alternative to a classic roast with Italian flavours and tender beef brisket. The slow cooking of this Italian-inspired pot roast results in succulent slices of beef with lots of deliciously flavoured vegetables and hearty red wine gravy. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare, 3 hrs and 30 mins to cook plus 20 mins to cool
  • 549 calories / serving


  • 1.5kg beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 125g pancetta
  • 40g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 onions, cut into eighths
  • 2 carrots, cut into 7.5cm pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300ml Italian red wine, such as Chianti
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • potatoes, to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    26g 37%
  • Saturates

    9g 47%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    1g 16%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 10.3g Protein 59.6g Fibre 2.8g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 2, 150°C, fan 130°C.
  2. Rub the brisket with olive oil and seasoning and sear in a frying pan on a high heat until browned all over. Remove meat from the pan and quickly fry the pancetta until golden. Set aside.
  3. Soak the porcini mushrooms in boiling water just to cover and leave for 10 mins. In a large, heavy-based casserole dish put the onions, carrots, celery and garlic and place the brisket on top. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cover with a lid and cook for 3½ hours. Turn the brisket twice during cooking. When cooked, remove the brisket and rest for 20 mins. Reduce the sauce, if necessary.
  5. Slice the brisket and serve with potatoes. Spoon over the sauce, pancetta and mushrooms.

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