What to serve with pot roast! These easy side dishes will turn your roast dinner into an extra special, hearty meal!
Kudos to you for deciding to serve pot roast for dinner!
So tender, with such incredible flavor.
Isn’t it amazing how a few simple ingredients can transform into soul-satisfying comfort food.
Part of the magic is that it practically cooks itself.
A chuck roast, along with some fresh herbs and maybe a little beef broth or red wine, cooks for hours in your crock pot, Instant Pot, or dutch oven
Which leaves you ample time to whip up a couple good sides to go with it!
After all, a meal is only as good as its side dishes.
I put together a list of the best side dishes for pot roast, so you can create the perfect meal, and let the praise for your cooking roll in.
The Best Sides for Pot Roast
1. Mashed potatoes
There isn’t a more classic meal pairing than meat and potatoes.
Creamy mashed potatoes provide the perfect base for the tender roast and all its amazing juices.
If you’re looking for low carb or keto sides for pot roast, mashed cauliflower would be the ideal substitute.
Whether you cook the carrots right along with the meat for a one-pot meal, or cook up some glazed carrots, this healthy root vegetable takes on a whole new life when paired with roast.
They get so tender and sweet that even the pickiest of eaters won’t notice that they’re eating veggies.
And it doesn’t get any cheaper than a bag of carrots!
3. Macaroni and cheese
If you’re going to serve comfort food, you might as well go all in.
You may not have thought of serving pasta, but it’s the perfect Southern side for pot roast.
This baked mac and cheese calls for multiple cheeses, which makes it so melty, creamy, and cheesy.
4. Green salad
The health conscious people at the dinner table will be so happy when they see you’ve served a simple salad.
A peppery arugula salad with parmesan, cranberries, and almonds is just tangy enough to cut through the richness of the heavy main dish.
5. Red-skinned potatoes
It’s always smart to have several easy potato recipes in your arsenal.
These roasted red potatoes should definitely be among them.
They’re perfectly seasoned, with crispy edges and soft centers.
6. Green beans
Do you ever wish that it was acceptable to eat green bean casserole on the regular? Me too.
I think pot roast is special enough for it.
If you want something lighter, sauteed garlic green beans are super easy and delicious too!
7. Cheesy potatoes
Cheesy potato casserole might be the most delicious side dish on earth.
It comes together so easily with just a few simple ingredients you probably have on hand.
Just be prepared for everyone to go back for seconds!
8. Roasted brussels sprouts
You may have nightmares about the cabbage-y brussel sprouts from your childhood.
These roasted brussels sprouts are nothing like that.
How about crisp, golden, and caramelized on the outside, and tender in the center.
The perfect combination of sweet and nutty.
9. Baked potatoes
If mashed potatoes are too labor intensive, consider baked potatoes instead.
You can make them so easily in the oven or air fryer.
Just rub a little olive oil on the outside, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Don’t forget to set out some butter and sour cream for topping.
Everyone will be seriously impressed when you whip up a batch of homemade biscuits.
Only you will know how easy they are.
Six ingredients is all it takes!
If you want to pack a flavor punch, make garlic cheddar biscuits instead.
Of course, there’s no shame in baking up a batch of refrigerated biscuit dough either. That stuff is seriously delicious.
11. Creamed corn
Pass on plain old regular corn in favor of this easy creamed corn recipe.
You can make it, start to finish, in under 15 minutes.
And even better than that, everyone will absolutely love it and want the recipe.
Butter and a splash of heavy cream make it super creamy, and the seasoning makes it truly memorable.
12. Sweet potato fries
Oven roasted sweet potato fries are a simple side dish, but they’re legit crispy and flavorful.
Naturally gluten free, these fries achieve the perfect balance of salty and slightly sweet.
If you think cornbread is just for chili, think again.
Moist, fluffy, homemade cornbread might become everyone’s favorite part of the mail.
(No offense to the roast beef, or course.)
It’s just that cornbread is THAT good, and always a crowd pleaser.
The inherent sweetness balances the savory roast gravy like a boss.
14. Steamed broccoli
It’s possible that everyone at the table won’t be as excited about steamed broccoli as you are.
But if you’re trying to serve some healthy sides for pot roast, this fits the bill.
They’re crisp enough to balance all the soft, tender food, but still supple enough that they’re easy to eat.
The vibrant green color will probably be the brightest thing on the table!
15. Dinner rolls
Soft, flaky, dinner rolls are always a hit, and they’re the perfect way to sop up all those juices from the roast.
You can make homemade rolls with just 7 ingredients, or make it really easy by picking up some heat-and-eat rolls at the grocery store.
16. Collard greens
Another tasty Southern side dish for roast beef is collard greens.
(Don’t worry, they taste much better than they sound.)
They’re silky and savory, and will even make the biggest carnivores at the table forget that they’re eating vegetables.
17. Roasted asparagus
Roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese is an easy and elegant enigma.
It’s healthy enough to pass the mom test, but indulgent enough for the rest of ‘em.
Heck, it might even become a regular side dish on your rotation.
18. Corn on the cob
Crisp, sweet corn on the cob reminds everyone of happy summer days.
But it’s not just for hot days anymore. You can buy it year round in the freezer section, so feel free to surprise everyone with it in the dead of winter.
19. Butternut squash casserole
This savory, creamy butternut squash bake is not like eating a dessert.
(Though you can make a sweet version if you’d like.)
It looks and tastes gourmet, with its golden color and crumb topping.
But it comes together with a few simple ingredients that you probably have on hand.
20. Potato salad
A cold potato salad might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of your pot roast dinner menu.
But it’s creamy and refreshing, which is a nice complement to all the heavy, warm food.
Plus, it’s always a crowd favorite!
21. Sauteed mushrooms
Mushrooms, sauteed in garlic butter and soy sauce, add an extra deep and earthy rich flavor to any meat.
They’re very simple and inexpensive to make, but have that restaurant feel that’ll impress and surprise everyone.
22. German noodle bake
You might not think that egg noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese really belong together, but they do in this German noodle bake.
Everyone can pour the beef juices over top, and are sure to be gobbling it down.
23. Rice pilaf
This fluffy and fabulous rice pilaf is extra special, thanks to the bits of golden orzo throughout.
Cauliflower rice is a great option for keto or low carb eaters.
24. Pull apart garlic bread
Yep, it’s a thing.
If you’ve never had pull apart garlic bread, you’re welcome for the introduction.
Bread dough truly makes this the softest and best garlic bread ever.
(And feel free to use frozen bread dough if you’re not up to making your own.)
25. Creamy orzo
Creamy garlic parmesan orzo is super flavorful, and can be on your table in 15 minutes.
If you’re not familiar, orzo looks like rice, but it’s actually pasta.
It’s cheesy, creamy, and always hits the spot.
26. Cheesy spinach bake
Cheesy spinach bake is an easy casserole that’s special enough for Sunday dinner guests, holidays, but simple enough for a weeknight meal.
It’s naturally low carb and gluten free, but feels completely indulgent.
Be prepared for everyone to ask for the recipe!
27. Yorkshire pudding
Even though it sounds like a dessert, Yorkshire pudding is a savory English side dish.
Made from eggs, flour, and milk, and baked in a muffin tin, it’s essentially a popover.
It has good flavor on its own, but spoon some pot roast juices over top, and notice how your mouth waters.
Ready to try some of these sides for pot roast?
As you can see, there’s such a variety of options for what to serve with pot roast.
It’s probably way more versatile than you thought.
Now you can feel free to make a roast more often, but switch things up with these easy recipes.
Some of them might even become your family’s new favorite side dishes!
1. Decide which side dishes you'd like to serve with pot roast
2. Gather the ingredients and prepare the meal
3. Enjoy your delicious pot roast dinner
1. Decide which side dishes you'd like to serve with pot roast