Many, many, many years ago this cola pot roast was made in a dutch oven. I like…No, I love that method. Slow roasting just brings out something special in meat. I do still do it that way in the winter. Sometimes I do it outside over a fire.
But what about the summers? Some days I want cola pot roast! So it occurred to me one day to make my favorite roast in my pressure cooker and it turned out brilliant. And it pressures for a fraction of the time of oven cooking. Gotta love that.
I think I ran across this recipe from a book at the library when they still had the card catalogue. And what in the world would make me try something like pot roast with dry spaghetti sauce mix? I have no frickin’ idea. But I’m damn glad I did. It makes a badA gravy.
Cola Pot Roast – Instant Pot
- 3 pounds chuck roast, cut into 3 equal chunks
- oil for browning
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
- Black pepper
- 2 packets dry spaghetti sauce mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cola
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- carrots and potatoes or parsnips, turnips, whatever floats your boat, cut up
Season the outside of the roast on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Set your pressure cooker to saute. When hot, add oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, brown your chuck roast on both sides.
Add the tomatoes with their juice, cola, broth, onions, celery and spaghetti sauce mix. Stir well until mix is dissolved.
Add the roast to the pressure cooker. Nestle the roast in a little bit. Set the pressure cooker to high for 55 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally for AT LEAST 10.
Add the carrots and potatoes, set the pressure cooker to pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure when done.
If you want to make a 'gravy' out of the liquid, remove the roast and veggies to a serving platter. Add 2 tablespoons of the liquid in the pot with 1 tablespoon cold water. Mix. Add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to the cooled mixture and stir. Turn the pot to to saute. Add to the cornstarch mixture to the pot of liquid and stir until thickened.