Roast beef & carrots on a chopping board with gravy boat

Easy roast beef

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus resting


Serves 4

This easy roast beef recipe with carrots and a simple gravy is ideal for a stunning Sunday dinner for the family. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal546
  • fat32g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein52g
  • salt0.65g
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  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp mustard powder



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • 950g beef top rump joint (see tip below)



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 1 onion, cut into 8 wedges



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g carrots, halved lengthways



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

For the gravy

  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 250ml beef stock


  1. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9.

  2. Mix 1 tsp plain flour and 1 tsp mustard powder with some seasoning, then rub all over the 950g beef top rump joint.

  3. Put 1 onion, cut into 8 wedges, and 500g carrots, halved lengthways, into a roasting tin and sit the beef on top, then cook for 20 mins.

  4. Reduce oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and continue to cook the beef for 30 mins if you like it rare, 40 mins for medium and 1 hr for well done.

  5. Remove the beef and carrots from the oven, place onto warm plates or platters and cover with foil to keep warm.

  6. Let the beef rest for 30 mins while you turn up the oven to cook your Yorkshire puds and finish the potatoes.

  7. For the gravy, put the tin with all the meat juices and onions back onto the hob.

  8. Stir in 1 tbsp plain flour, scraping all the stuck bits off the bottom of the tin. Cook for 30 seconds, then slowly stir in 250ml beef stock, little by little.

  9. Bubble to a nice gravy, season, then serve with the beef, carved into slices, carrots and all the other trimmings.

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28th Jun, 2018
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Kathleen Cole
25th Apr, 2018
loved my sunday lunch james thank you
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Nadejda Trushkova
10th Mar, 2018
I prepared this recipe today and we like it a lot. The best privilege is that it is easy to cook and tasty. The only difference I made was that I put foil on the top after the first 20 min in the oven and also keep roasting the beef with the vegetables 1 hour longer as my son prefers to be easy for chew. The gravy sauce is nice and real one and also takes only few minutes to be prepared in the end in the way it is given into the recipe. Thanks for the good and helpful recipe.
10th Dec, 2016
Spot on. Juicy roast.
9th Oct, 2016
My first roast beef was a huge success. I followed it to the letter, but my joint was almost double the size so added an extra 20 minutes. It turned out beautifully pink, juices red but not raw, easy to carve and cut on the plate. Tasty all over. Thanks.
6th May, 2016
thank you, I made this, it was really good, and I don't normally cook.
31st May, 2015
The whole family loved it!
12th Jan, 2014
Very tasty. Decided to go with the tin foil variation posted by juliafrancis. The joint was 2.1kg so guestimated the timings a bit - 20 mins for stage 1 and 2 hours for stage 2. Meat was medium - just right for us - not pink but not superdry. Veg turned out great (I added swede and leaks)
18th Nov, 2013
What a horrible receipe. The cooking time is completely WRONG, ruined my supper and we had to eat something else, because the roast was still raw after the cooking time and our roast was small. Will never trust a receipe from here or this person again. The the flavor was like wet dog.
Amy Talman
27th Oct, 2019
My beef was the exact same size as the recipe & it came out absolutely perfect. I’ve cooked this twice now & my guests all asked for the recipe afterwards. Maybe you accidentally cooked dog instead of beef #shouldhavegonetospecsavers


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