Does Broccoli Go with Pot Roast?

This is a plate of Chinese beef pot roast with broccoli.

Pot Roast reminds me of Christmas and winter nights. What better ingredient to add to your hearty Christmas meal than broccoli? Pleasing your family over the holidays can be a daunting task.

You have been planning this meal the whole year, but you are unsure if broccoli goes with pot roast.

Broccoli is the perfect vegetable to serve with your hearty winter meals. Broccoli has an earthy and neutral taste, and cooking it in some beef broth will only enhance the vegetable’s flavor. Broccoli will also add a pleasant earthy taste to your pot roast. It will also be the perfect side dish to serve with your pot roast.

Broccoli can bring your pot roast to a whole new level when it comes to textures and flavors. No matter the pot roast recipe you are following, there is more than one way to incorporate broccoli into your warm and hearty meal.

Does Broccoli Go with Pot Roast?

Whether you put the broccoli directly into your pot roast or serve your pot roast with a broccoli side dish, broccoli will compliment your meaty pot roast perfectly.

When serving your pot roast with a broccoli side dish, just be careful that your flavors do not clash. When incorporating broccoli directly into your pot, roast noting can go wrong, except your broccoli becoming a soggy mess, so take caution when it comes to the cooking time.

Wondering if you should use broccoli in your pot roast or as a side dish? Maybe these tips and ideas can help guide you.

Broccoli as an Ingredient in Pot Roast

Broccoli can be used with any other vegetables in a pot roast and is the perfect component to any one-pot meal.

Pot roast is a simple but delicious dinner idea. I love making mine in the slow cooker. A fantastic beef and broccoli slow cooker recipe that I can recommend.


Chuck (2 lb.)

Beef broth (1 cup)

Garlic (3 cloves)

Paprika (2 tsp)

Broccoli (1 head)

Water (5 tbsp)

Corn starch (1 tsp)

Soya sauce (1 tbsp)

Parsley (1 tbsp)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Onion (1)


Brown your chuck on the stovetop until golden brown remove from the pan and brown your onions until golden brown.

Add the chuck, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, beef broth, paprika, and soya sauce to the slow cooker. Put the slow cooker on medium heat and leave to cook for 4hours.

After 4hours, add the broccoli that is cut into small pieces, leave to cook for an hour.

Now add the water and corn starch and leave for one more hour.

Serve with rice or bread.

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Broccoli as a Side with Pot Roast

Instead of just serving your pot roast with rice, why not incorporate an extra side dish. Broccoli is the perfect ingredient for a side dish to compliment your main dish. The fantastic thing about broccoli is that it can be served as a warm or cold side dish.

Using broccoli as a warm side dish can include a broccoli and cheese bake, plain steamed broccoli, or grilled broccoli. Let’s look at a delicious broccoli and cheese bake recipe.


Broccoli (1 ½ lb.)

Cream (2 cups)

Butter (4 tbsp)

All-Purpose Flour (4 tbsp)

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese (2 ½ cups)


Preheat oven to 350F

To make your sauce, place the butter and flour in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave until the butter has melted and a paste has formed. Add approx. 2tbsp of your milk and stir vigorously. Slowly incorporate the rest of your milk while stirring.

Place the sauce in your microwave for two minutes, stirring every 15 seconds until your sauce is thick and creamy. Add salt, pepper, and half of the cheese.

Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is browned and broccoli is tender.

Put the broccoli in a greased casserole, layer the sauce over the broccoli, and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Perhaps it’s a summer day, and you are serving pot roast; a cold broccoli side will be perfect with your pot roast on a hot day.


Broccoli (1 lb.)  

Mayonnaise (2 cups)

Condensed milk (2 tsp)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Cheese, cubed (1 cup)

Bacon (1 cup raw)

Garlic powder (1 tsp)


Add water to a large pot, put the pot on high heat until the water starts boiling. In a separate large mixing bowl, prepare ice water. Place your broccoli in boiling water for approx. Five minutes remove from boiling water and place broccoli in ice water immediately.

Remove from ice water and place on paper towel to drain.

In a pan, add olive oil, bring the oil to medium heat and crisp up your bacon.

In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients together and mix well. Add more salt if desired.

This broccoli salad is best when served the day after making.

Secrets to the perfect pot roast and broccoli meal

Broccoli is not a tricky ingredient to cook, but it can go wrong and become a soggy mess. Use the following tips when incorporating broccoli into your pot roast.

  1. Don’t add your broccoli at the start of the cooking process
  2. Make sure your broccoli is firm and not oversoft.
  3. Steam your broccoli separately and add it to your pot roast at the end of the cooking process. When doing this, just be aware that the broccoli won’t absorb any of the pot roast flavors.
  4. Rather buy a whole broccoli head and cut it smaller at home, ready cut broccoli florets tend to become soggy faster.
  5. If you want your broccoli to retain its beautiful green color, rather blanch your broccoli before adding it to your pot roast.


Hopefully, you are now comfortable using broccoli in your pot roast or serving it as a side dish to compliment your pot roast perfectly. Broccoli is a versatile and healthy ingredient, and when cooked correctly, it can add an explosion of green to your cooking.

Happy cooking!


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