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What to Serve with Pot Roast

If you’re wondering what to serve with pot roast, you’ve come to the right place. The possibilities are endless!

Pot roast, also known as the holy grail of comfort food, is a scrumptious meal made of succulent beef, flavorful veggies, and mouthwatering gravy.

Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
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Because of the different hearty elements in the dish, many consider it a complete meal.

However, it’s never a bad idea to serve some irresistible side dishes along with this exceptional meat.

To round out your meal, you can opt for a heavy starch that will help sop up all that heavenly gravy from your plate.

Or, you can also go for a lighter approach by serving a bowl of salad or veggies on the side.

Others prefer going all out sinful by serving a decadent side, such as mac and cheese or mashed potatoes.

When it comes to what goes well with pot roast, there is no right or wrong answer. Any of these options are great! 

I’m sharing 15 tasty pot roast sides, from veggies and salads to desserts and beverages.

So, are you ready to dig in? 

1. Extra Special Mashed Potatoes

Regular mashed potatoes are already great with any main dish, but this version is out-of-this-world fantastic.

These potatoes are rich, buttery, creamy, and loaded with two stunning secret ingredients: cream cheese and garlic.

Try it, and you’ll never go back to the regular recipe ever again. It’s that good, people!

2. Bread Rolls

With a gravy-rich food, you’ll want something to soak up all that savory sauce. Bread rolls are the perfect candidate!

These soft, pillowy, and buttery treats are not just hearty and delicious, they’re also great for absorbing the wonderful flavors of the pot roast. 

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3. Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding also makes for a great companion to pot roast.

The word ‘pudding’ might throw non-sweet tooths off, but don’t worry, this side isn’t sweet at all.

It uses savory batter, so what you’ll get is a nice creamy and buttery bread that also doubles as a gravy sponge!

4. Rice

Whether it’s pork chops, steamed fish, baked chicken, or pot roast, rice is always great with any protein.

It doesn’t matter whether you use brown or white, long- or medium-grained, fried, or steamed, either.

Rice is a perfect starch that makes any meal so much more satisfying.  

5. Egg Noodles

Cooking pot roast, especially for first-timers, can be quite a challenge. As such, it just makes sense to pair it with an easy side dish.

A nice beautiful bowl of buttered egg noodles with parmesan is the way to go! They’re delicious, filling, and super easy to make!

Just cook the egg noodles and coat them in parmesan, butter, and parsley. Flavor them with salt and pepper, and they’re good to go. 

6. Roasted Veggies

Pot roast is such a decadent and hearty dish. So while it’s tempting to serve it with indulgent sides and filling starches, it’s natural for others to want something lighter.

A serving of nutritious and tasty veggies fits the bill. Carrots, green beans, and asparagus, all taste fantastic with pot roast. The best way to cook them?

Roasting, of course! Roasting caramelizes the veggies and brings out their natural sweetness.

7. Succotash

Speaking of vegetables, here’s another dish that will satisfy your veggie craving.

The combination of squash, carrots, corn, green beans, bell peppers, lima beans, and zucchini is a classic favorite, and for good reason.

It’s nutritious, delicious, and perfect with pot roast. 

8. Mushrooms

A great pot roast comes with great gravy. You know what tastes great with gravy? Some earthy mushrooms!

Give those tasty shrooms an even deeper and bolder flavor by seasoning them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, white wine, and garlic. 

9. Salad

Pot roast is already so flavorful, and some prefer to dial it down with the sides.

When you’re serving such a decadent main such as pot roast, you can never go wrong with a simple salad.

Whether it’s a colorful chopped salad, a humble cucumber tomato salad, a tangy coleslaw, or a sweet fruit salad, it will complement the rich flavors of your pot roast.

10. Applesauce

What better flavor profile complements savory than sweet?

If you want a side dish that balances out the saltiness of your pot roast, then simple homemade applesauce is the answer.

This refreshing puree is smooth and offers a wonderful contrast to a savory pot roast. 

11. Sweet Potato Fries

While we’re on the subject of sweet sides, here’s another one that will satisfy your palate. Baked sweet potato fries are so delicious.

The natural sweetness counterbalances the savory flavors of pot roast, creating a beautiful harmony of flavors.

They’re also easy to make! Just slice them up, drizzle with olive oil, flavor with salt and pepper, and bake.

Just be sure to bake a large batch because they’re super addicting!

12. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Pot roast is already sinful on its own, so you don’t want to serve it with another sinful dish.

Even though it’s tempting to serve a scrumptious bowl of mac and cheese, you may want to opt for a lighter version.

Enter cauliflower mac and cheese! It’s creamy and decadent, but doesn’t have as many calories! It’s a win-win situation!

13. Spinach

Just spinach? Isn’t that a little boring? 

No way! Sure, it’s low carb and low calorie, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious! The key is to prepare it the right way.

Partner up spinach with some parsnips and cook them in milk and butter. The finished product?

A creamy and delicious veggie dish that tastes fantastic with pot roast. So go ahead, make old Popeye proud, and give spinach a chance!

14. Red Wine

We all know that beef tastes so much better with red wine. You can never go wrong with pot roast and red wine.

We may not know the science behind it, but it’s just a well-known and accepted fact.

So if you’re just way too tired to prepare a side dish for pot roast night, just grab a delicious bottle of red wine and you’re all set.

15. Dessert

As they say, you should always make room for dessert. No matter how hearty and filling your dish is, give the meal a sweet ending.

Finish your decadent meal with a bang by serving a decadent dessert. How about a sinful slice of red velvet cake?

Or a beautiful dark chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream? Either way, your guests will be so grateful for such a lovely feast. 

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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