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Red Wine Vegetarian Pot Roast

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

When planning dinner with friends & not wanting to leave anyone out or make them have to bring their own meal I conjured up this recipe so we could all sit down with the same dish, break bread together & discuss the shit show of our daily lives.


  • 1tsp olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • 8oz Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

  • ½tsp Cajun Seasonings, or Season Salt

  • A splash or 2 of soy sauce

  • ½tsp tarragon

  • A pinch of Chinese five spice

  • 1C red wine

  • 12 baby carrots, quartered

  • 2 stalks celery, halved & sliced

  • 1 pound mini golden potatoes

  • 1 pound italian vegetarian meatballs

  • 1tsp rosemary

  • 1tsp thyme

  • ½tsp of black pepper

  • ½tsp salt

  • 1½TBSP spicy mustard

  • 3¼ cup vegetable broth

  • 1TBSP cornstarch

  • 2tsp worcestershire sauce

  • Heaping cup of love

Always remember to cook from your heart for best results.


  • Cut up all of your vegetables, place garlic, onion, & mushrooms in a sauté pan. Then place celery & carrots into your insta-pot.

  • Add your potatoes, meatballs, Italian seasoning, black pepper, salt, mustard & vegetable broth as well to the insta-pot, stir & set to the side.

  • Add olive oil to sauté pan, along with Cajun Seasonings, soy sauce & tarragon. Sauté until mushrooms are tender.

  • Add red wine to sauté pan & reduce on low for 25 minutes or until wine is almost gone.

  • Add reduction to insta-pot ingredients & stir.

  • Seal insta-pot & cook pressurized for 20 minutes.

  • Allow pressure to release & drain liquid from insta-pot back to sauté pan, add 1C vegetable broth, worcestershire sauce & heat to a boil.

  • Make a cornstarch slurry with ¼C vegetable broth. Then whisk into boiling liquid to thicken as a gravy.

  • Cook down for several minutes then pour over ingredients in insta-pot & serve immediately.


  • Top with shredded Parmesan before serving.

  • Substitute the rosemary & thyme for 2tsp Italian seasoning.

  • Omit Chinese five spice if you do not like the flavor.

  • Substitute vegetable broth for beef broth & vegetarian meatballs with a 2 lbs roast or stew meat for meat option.

  • Use spices to your liking everyone is different.

  • Always cook from the heart & never be afraid to improvise if it feel right.

  • Will serve approximately 8.

  • Serve with warm bread & fresh butter.

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