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Pot RoastThe weather is finally dropping and it is starting to really feel like fall.  Yesterday was a pretty lazy Sunday and I was in the mood for something that gave me the “warm and fuzzy” fall feeling.  Pot roast sounded like it would fulfill that desire- and I was right!  This recipe was a 2011 winner in the Chicago Tribune as one of the best recipes from Good Eating.  This certainly was a great dish and I liked the addition of the extra-wide egg noodles.  I did leave the mushrooms (not a fan of them) but I’m sure it would make the dish even more hearty.  Give it a try- you won’t be disappointed!

Pot Roast

(original source)

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (I left these out)
  • 2 1/2 pound chuck roast
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 each, chopped: carrot, onion, rib celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 8 ounces pappardelle egg noodles

What to do:

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees. Soak mushrooms in a small bowl of warm water until soft, 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and chop. Season meat generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown meat, about 2 minutes per side. Lift out; set aside. Add carrot, onion, celery and garlic to the pot. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add broth, wine, tomato paste, reserved mushrooms, bay leaves and thyme. Heat to a boil. Return meat to the pot. Liquid should come about two thirds the way up the sides of the roast. Cover.
  • Place in oven; cook, turning roast once and basting occasionally, until very tender when prodded with a fork, 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • Set pot on stovetop. Remove meat from pot. Shred. Discard any fat. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprig. Stir shredded meat into sauce; keep warm over low heat.
  • Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook noodles until tender but firm. Drain. Add noodles to meat and sauce. Toss gently.
  • I served with some crusty bread, too.