A match made in heaven. Truly.
- 1 (3-4) lb chuck roast
- 4 garlic cloves, minced into a paste
- 3 celery ribs, cut into thirds
- 2 medium carrots, cut into thirds
- 1 large yellow onion, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 4 C beef broth
- 3 tbsp Homemade Onion Soup Mix
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
Macaroni and Cheese:
- 1 lb dry macaroni noodles
- 2 1/2 C heavy cream
- 2 C Gouda
- 2 C Colby jack
- 1 1/2 C chicken broth
- 1 C extra-sharp cheddar
- 1/2 C unsalted butter
- 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- Place a large dutch oven or another heavy-bottomed pan with a fitting lid over medium-high heat. Drizzle in the vegetable oil and let pre-heat while you season the roast.
- Season the chuck roast liberally all over with the seasoned salt, then add it to the pan. Press it down so that as much of the meat makes contact with the surface as possible, then let it sear undisturbed for 2-3 minutes. Flip the roast and sear the other side, then remove it from the pan and reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the red wine vinegar to the pan and use it to deglaze, scraping up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Next, add in the onion, celery, carrot, onion, garlic, beef broth, and a tomato sauce. Stir together, then add the roast back to the pan. Make sure it’s as submerged as it can be – put the vegetables on top of it, if needed – then add the Worcestershire and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover with the lid. Cook for three hours, flipping the roast over once per hour, or until the meat can be stripped with a fork and it’s falling apart at the large lines of marbling.
- Once the roast is cooked, remove it from the cooking liquid and set it aside. Pour the pot’s remaining content through a colander to remove the aromatics and other solids, then pour it into a fat separator or measuring cup and let sit for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes the fat should have floated to the top of the liquid. Pour or skim the fat off and add it back to the dutch oven. Set aside the remaining liquid.
- Sprinkle the flour over the fat and whisk together over medium heat to form a loose roux. Continue whisking as it cooks for 2-3 minutes, then slowly pour in the remaining liquid, whisking the whole time.
- Return the meat to the pot and stir to coat it in the gravy. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer uncovered while you prepare the macaroni and cheese.
- Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat and to it add your stick of butter. In the meantime start boiling your pasta in salted water according to the package directions, then drain and set aside.
- Once the butter has melted, sprinkle the flour and stir together. Let it cook for 2 minutes, stirring the whole time, and continue stirring as you pour in the heavy cream and chicken broth.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and whisk in the dry mustard, seasoned salt, and ground white pepper. Once everything is well combined let it simmer for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat completely.
- Combine all of your cheeses together in a bowl. Grab a heaping handful and add it to the pot of cooked noodles. Take 2/3 of the remaining cheese and stir that into the bechamel sauce we’ve made. Use a wooden spoon to stir it into the sauce. Now we’ve got cheese sauce! Stir well, making sure there the cheese is completely melted and evenly distributed, then pour the sauce into the pot of noodles (and shredded cheese). Stir the noodles, sauce, and cheese together until everything is well incorporated. Set aside and return your attention to the pot roast.
- Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the pot roast into pieces. You don’t need to shred it, just large chunks that will fit nicely on a fork. I like to mash the flat side of the spoon down directly on top of the roast, encouraging it to spread out and break apart, then stir it kind of into the gravy until it’s all mixed up good. You do what feels right to you.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly oil the inside of your baking dish or baking dishes if you’re doing the individual serving thing.Spoon some of the pot roast and gravy into the bottom of a baking dish and spread it out into an even layer, then top with a bit more gravy. You want it to come about halfway up the sides of the pan so there’s a good roast to mac ratio. Follow that with the macaroni and cheese and spread that out evenly as well. Cover the whole surface so that you can’t see any pot roast if you can.
- Next, top with all of the remaining shredded cheese, pressing it down into the macaroni and cheese as you add it. Crack on the black pepper and place the baking dish(es) on a large baking sheet. Bake in the top half of the oven for 10 minutes, then let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Dassit!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 4 hours