Braised Roast With Root Vegetables

roast-beef-vegetables Photo: Leigh Beisch


  • 1 1/2 pounds beef roast, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries, crushed lightly
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed lightly
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup less-sodium beef broth
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled turnips
  • 1 1/2 cups fennel bulb, cut lengthwise into 12 wedges


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Season beef with salt and pepper, and heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear beef thoroughly on all sides, about 5-6 minutes per side, until it is a deep, mahogany brown. Transfer the beef to a plate.

2. Add garlic to pan with allspice berries and fennel seeds, and sauté for 1 minute to release fragrance. Pour in wine and scrape up bits left in the pan. Add rosemary, bay leaf, and beef broth, then add beef back to the pan and bring to a simmer. Top with onions. Cover tightly and transfer to oven.

3. Cook for 2 hours in oven. Remove pot, flip beef, and add remaining vegetables in with the meat. Cover again, and cook for an additional 45 minutes.

4. When beef is fork-tender, transfer meat to a cutting board and arrange vegetables on a large platter. Cover both with foil. Uncover pot and reduce juices on the stovetop over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, then transfer to a sauceboat. Slice roast thinly across the grain, and arrange on the platter. Serve sauce alongside beef and vegetables.

    Prep: 30 minutes; Cook: 3 hours, 6 minutes.
  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces meat and 1 cup veggies)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 277
Fat per serving: 12g
Saturated fat per serving: 4g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 5g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 25g
Carbohydrate per serving: 12g
Fiber per serving: 3g
Cholesterol per serving: 78mg
Iron per serving: 3mg
Sodium per serving: 143mg
Calcium per serving: 63mg

Good to Know

Braising is a great technique to tenderize tougher cuts of meat—make sure to trim the meat well to keep saturated fat at a minimum. The aromatic spices and nutrient-rich winter vegetables used in this main dish also infuse the meat with fantastic flavor without the need for excess sodium. Pass around a basket of crusty, whole-grain bread to add a fiber boost and to sop up the delicious sauce.