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The Best Roast Beef Recipe

A classic roast beef recipe for slow-roasting a tender cut of beef and preparing a smooth, mouth-watering gravy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, recipe, roast
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Jane and Sonja


  • roasting pan
  • Cooking pot for gravy
  • Hand Blender for gravy


  • 4 lb roasting beef Bottom Round Beef or Eye Round beef
  • salt and pepper dash
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 carrots whole
  • 1-2 celery stalks whole
  • 1 cooking onion cut in half
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp flour for gravy


  • Preheat the oven, set to broil on high heat (400F).
  • Remove meat from packaging and dab with clean paper towels.
  • Place meat into a large roasting pan. If any grizzle is visible, place that side up.
  • Add a dash of sal and pepper over the beef.
  • Sprinkle with olive oil.
  • Place the roasting pan in the oven uncovered.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Turn beef over and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Set the oven to bake setting at 380F.
  • Wash the carrots and celery, cutting off the ends of the carrots before placing them into the roasting pan. Cut onion in halves.
  • Add carrots, celery and onion into the pan.
  • Add water into the pan.
  • Cover with lid and bake for 2 hours.
  • Remove the roast from the oven. Check if the meat is fully cooked by using a meat thermometer.
  • Remove roast from the pan and place it in a large bowl. Pour 1 cup of the liquid broth from the roasting pan over the roast.

Making Gravy

  • Remove all veggies and remaining broth from the pan and place in a medium sized cooking pot.
  • Add 1 tbsp of flour and mash with a hand blender until creamy and soft.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil on the stove top.
  • If the gravy appears too runny, add more flour and if it appears too thick, add more water.
  • Cut roast into slices and place on a serving tray. Serve hot alongside bowl of hot gravy.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3397IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg