Cole Cooks: Instant Pot Italian Roast Recipe

Instant Pot Italian Roast


One of the many reasons the Instant Pot is an essential kitchen appliance is because it is great at making a sophisticated last-minute meal.  One recent afternoon, Erin asked if there was a way I could make a dinner out of a 3-pound chuck roast.  Normally I would need to start this early in the day.  However, using the pressure cooker feature I was able to get this roast from the fridge to the table in 2 hours.  This is my recipe for Instant Pot Italian Roast.

Instant Pot Italian Roast

This Italian Roast recipe uses the pressure cooker feature of the Instant Pot.  A full roast can be cooked in 2 hours. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Instant Pot Italian Roast
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 5


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3- pound chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • 4 ounces hot cherry peppers optional


  1. Set Instant Pot on Sauté and let heat for 5 minutes. Add olive oil. Season roast with salt and pepper. Brown roast in Instant Pot on all sides (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Add onion and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and add to Instant Pot.
  4. Set Instant Pot on high pressure and let cook for 60 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove meat from sauce and shred. Return to pot.
  6. Serve over polenta, mashed potatoes or noodles.

We have many versions for cooking a pot roast.  Our top recipe is probably the Beef Braised in Barolo recipe we got from a 2005 edition of Cook’s Illustrated.  However, I rarely make that recipe because it calls for a full bottle of Barolo wine.  Barolo is one of the most expensive wines, even if you buy the cheap $20 bottle from Trader Joe’s.

This recipe owes a debt to the Beef Braised in Barolo recipe, but only calls for a small amount of wine.  Instead, it is heavy on tomatoes which makes it similar to the pot roast served in Tuscany known as Stracotto.

You can find all kinds of recipes for this type of Italian Pot Roast, including in the Cook’s Illustrated book The Best of Italian Classics where it is alongside the Beef Braised in Barolo recipe.  Most recipes call for cooking the roast for 4 hours or more.  In the Instant Pot it takes an hour.


This recipe is incredibly simple to prepare.  Season the roast, brown in the Instant Pot.  Add the ingredients and let cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. 

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I always stress that with the Instant Pot you should generally add a half hour for pressure cooking.  This accounts for the time it takes to build pressure and then release at the end.

Instant Pot Italian Roast
I cut vegetables in big chunks so picky people can take them out

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To add some spice to the roast I add hot cherry peppers.  This is not traditional, but our family loves a little spice.

Instant Pot Italian Roast

I like to shred the beef and return it to the pot.  It can simmer for a few minutes or you can serve it right away.

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This dish is best served with polenta.  However, making polenta can be a complicated matter.  So in a pinch mashed potatoes or noodles would be a good alternative.

Instant Pot Italian Roast



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