Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast

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A delicious Instant Pot roast recipe that can be served as a traditional roast or made into Italian Beef Sandwiches, this Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast is fork-tender and full of flavor!

     How to make the perfect Pot Roast in the Instant Pot - this Italian Pot Roast has a bit of bite, perfect for homemade Hot Beef Sandwiches!

Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast Recipe

Every year, Ella and I head to Chicago at least once.

It’s one of our favorite foodie cities and it offers so much for kids to do. Deep dish pizza, Chicago-style dogs, and of course, Italian Hot Beef Sandwiches are a requirement every time we go.

My last trip to Chicago was a work trip that I couldn’t bring her for, so naturally I had to figure out a recipe for homemade Italian Pot Roast so that we could enjoy one of our favorite Chicago treats at home.

This Italian Pot Roast can be made in the oven, but it’s even easier in the Instant Pot. It’s tender and juicy, yet shreds incredibly easy. The flavor is rich with a little bit of bite – and that gravy? I could eat it every single day.

How to make flavorful Italian roast beef completely in the Instant Pot - comfort food at it's finest!

How to Make Perfect Pot Roast in the Instant Pot

There are several small steps that add up to make this pot roast incredible:

  • Brown (sear) the pot roast all over before eating to lock in those natural juices
  • Season the beef generously – we used a homemade Italian seasoning to avoid excessive salt or unnatural ingredients
  • Use a mix of beef broth and pepper juice to make a delicious cooking liquid
  • Let the instant pot natural release to finish off the cooking process
  • No need for an expensive cut of meat – you can use tough cuts and they will still come out fork-tender!
  • Bigger Instant Pots (I use a 6qt) may require a longer cooking time and more cooking liquid to achieve the desired tenderness – up to 90 minutes
  • You can even cook a roast from frozen, adding 20-30 minutes of cooking time

My favorite part of this recipe is that it is so simple and low-maintenance that it makes a Sunday-style roast dinner possible on any day of the week! 

What to Serve with Italian Pot Roast

 

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How to make tender, juicy and flavorful Italian Pot Roast from scratch - in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Italian Roast Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: smaller cuts of beef will require less cooking time – consult your Instant Pot manual for best practices.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Instant Pot <– I’m so excited to upgrade to this one with air fryer capacities soon! (You can also just buy the lid which adds the air fryer capacity to your standard IP.)
  • Tongs
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Meat shredders

A delicious Instant Pot roast recipe that can be served as a traditional roast or made into Italian Beef Sandwiches, this Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast is fork-tender and full of flavor!

How to Make Instant Pot Italian Roast

Place the olive oil in your Instant Pot and set to Saute setting.

Pat the roast dry with paper towel and then season all over with the spices.

Place the roast in the hot oil and sear on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.

Once the roast is fully browned, turn off the Instant Pot.

Add the beef broth and peppers with juice.

Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and select Meat/Stew setting for 60 minutes.

Natural release.

Shred the meat with a meat shredder or two forks. 

How to Make Gravy from Roast Juices in the Instant Pot:

Remove the roast from the Instant Pot and select the “Saute” setting.

Remove 1/2 cup of the juices and whisk in 1 Tablespoon of flour or cornstarch to form a slurry.

Stir the slurry into the gravy and continue to whisk occasionally for up to 5 minutes. The juices should thicken into a rich gravy.

 

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How to make the perfect Pot Roast in the Instant Pot - this Italian Pot Roast has a bit of bite, perfect for homemade Hot Beef Sandwiches!

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Yield: 5lb roast

Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast

Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast

A delicious Instant Pot Roast recipe that can be served as-is or made into Italian Hot Beef Sandwiches.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 lb roast
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch celery salt
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup pepperoncini peppers, with juice

Instructions

  1. Place the olive oil in your Instant Pot and set to Saute setting.
  2. Pat the roast dry with paper towel and then season all over with the spices.
  3. Place the roast in the hot oil and sear on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Once the roast is fully browned, turn off the Instant Pot.
  5. Add the beef broth and peppers with juice.
  6. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and select Meat/Stew setting for 60 minutes.
  7. Natural release.
  8. Shred the meat with a meat shredder or two forks. 

How to Make Gravy from Roast Juices in the Instant Pot:

  1. Remove the roast from the Instant Pot and select the "Saute" setting.
  2. Remove 1/2 cup of the juices and whisk in 1 Tablespoon of flour or cornstarch to form a slurry.
  3. Stir the slurry into the gravy and continue to whisk occasionally for up to 5 minutes. The juices should thicken into a rich gravy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 733Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 69g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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This Instant Pot Roast recipe is juicy, tender and incredibly tasty! It’s perfect with mashed potatoes for a traditional Sunday-style supper, or served on toasted buns for an Italian Hot Beef Sandwich.

For more delicious Instant Pot recipes, check out our Instant Pot Chicken Piccata or our Instant Pot Meat Sauce recipe.

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A step-by-step guide to making the best, fork-tender Italian Pot Roast in the Instant Pot  A delicious Instant Pot roast recipe that can be served as a traditional roast or made into Italian Beef Sandwiches, this Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast is fork-tender and full of flavor!

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3 Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to use my Instant Pot, and can’t wait to try this roast!

  2. This looks insanely delish! I think the technique you used makes this extra tender too ..I will bookmark this to try for sure!

  3. I haven’t made my family pot roast in so long! I don’t know why I didn’t think of cooking it in my Instant Pot. I can’t believe you can even cook the roast from frozen. This is Sunday dinner this week – I even have the roast in my freezer already.

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