Roast Beef and Onions


Simple but substantial Sunday night family fare that's good enough for company.

Roast Beef and Onions
Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Roast Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Rest Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 serves

Whether it's dinner with the fam or a holiday extravaganza, a roast is always the star of the show. Here's a tip for guaranteeing yours rave reviews: The day before, season your roast and wrap it up tight, letting the salt work its magic overnight. The day of, leave it uncovered in the fridge for an hour or two to let the surface dry out. You'll end up with a beautifully browned crust that'll wow everyone at the table.

Need a side that'll cook in the oven alongside this roast? Follow our instructions for butternut squash, beets, baked potato, mac and cheese, or Parker house rolls. And don't forget to use the roast drippings for gravy! While the roast is resting, try this: Pour off excess fat and then scrape the drippings into a sauce pot, add a cup of wine, simmer until the wine is nearly gone, and then add a little beef stock and reduce by half.


  • 4 small onions, quartered

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 4-pound boneless rib or rump roast


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In a roasting pan, toss the onions, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and then push the onions to the edges of the pan.

  2. Season the beef with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and place it in the center of the pan.

  3. Roast the beef to the desired doneness, 65 to 80 minutes for medium-rare (or when internal temperature registers 125°F).

  4. Transfer beef to a cutting board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for at least 15 minutes. Slice and serve with the onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
22g Fat
4g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 511mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 45g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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