Sunday Suppers #2: Simple Pot Roast and Family Traditions

Sunday Suppers #2: Simple Pot Roast

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world. ~ Susan Lieberman

Sunday Suppers #2 – Simple Pot Roast

Sundays in our home tend to run at a slower pace; mornings are more leisurely. I’m still up at the crack of dawn, but in the back of my mind I know that Sunday is different. Work is kept to a minimum with no craziness allowed on my day of rest.  The day feels different and I like it that way.

Tim and I are trying to start a new tradition on Sundays too. Most days after church we head over to the greenbelt (a trail system around Boise), hop on our bikes and spend time enjoying a little exercise and the beauty of our city. It’s helping us to reconnect and affirm to each other that time spent together is important… we as a couple are important.

This is how I feel about Sunday suppers. A tradition that reaffirms to all that time spent together is worth the effort. The TV can wait, cellphones and computers will still be waiting, all the world can be put on hold as families affirm their value and importance. Time stands still and love flourishes in these special moments. Don’t miss out.

Simple Pot Roast

I love the simplicity of this meal. It is perfect for fall with the homey smells and comforting taste everyone will enjoy. 

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Simple Pot Roast
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 (4-to 5- pound) boneless chuck roast
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 cup dry red wine (broth may be substituted)
  • 2 cups homemade Italian tomato sauce (or 15 oz can tomato sauce)
  • 1 tbsp unrefined cane sugar or molasses
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 8 small potatoes, scrubbed
  • 6 carrots, scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut small slits in top of roast and insert slices of garlic.
  3. Mix together sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and flour and dredge roast in flour.
  4. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat and brown roast on all sides.
  5. Add sliced onion and wine to roast.
  6. Combine tomato sauce and next 4 ingredients, bring liquid to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
  7. Simmer roast for 1½ hours.
  8. Add potatoes, carrots and celery. cover and continue simmering for an additional hour or until meat is tender.
  9. Transfer roast and vegetables to a serving platter.
  10. Serve with pan gravy spooned over top.

Recipe adapted from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook: Deluxe Pot Roast

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  1. says

    I love a good pot roast recipe. Looking forward to trying this one. I love what you said about the importance of spending time together as a couple. It is so important. I’m off every other Friday and my husband is off every Friday. We get to spend 2 Fridays a month together and every Sunday. He works Saturdays. Sundays have always been our day and it’s so hard for others to get that especially my in-laws but I cherish Sundays.
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    • says

      I think that is awesome and a wonderful tradition. It doesn’t matter if no one else gets it. What’s important is that you both understand. Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to share. I loved hearing a little of your story.

  2. says

    I think that Roast is the perfect Sunday Supper, we have them a lot. I usually put it in the crock pot before we leave for Sunday School, and when we get home from Church, we have a wonderful meal waiting for us, and we can then enjoy our day of rest together. Thank you for sharing!
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  3. says


    I love your pot roast. My husband and I both ate it nearly every Sunday growing up. I still make it a lot of Sunday’s. I guess it is Sunday Comfort food.
    I have been to the beautiful GREEN BELT in Boise. It is a great place to walk, hike, bike and just relax. I wish we had something like that around here.
    Diane Roark

    • says

      Thanks Carrie. You are so sweet. I would say grab your fork and come right over but we ate every last bite already. Coming up next week is Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings. I’ll be sure to leave a place for you at the table! :)

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