Mother’s Day Roast: Rump Roast Beef Studded With garlic & Thyme

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If you are thinking cooking your mum a roast on Sunday for Mother’s Day but don’t know where to start don’t panic! This Roast Beef recipe will show off your cooking skills and doesn’t involve too much preparation. Get some more tips for Mother’s Day on the Waitrose Mother’s Day hub– including gifts, recipes and sweet surprises.

  • Preparation time: 15 mins, plus 2 hours marinating
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 55 minutes 

Serves: 6


4 cloves garlic, chopped
½ pack Cooks’ Ingredients Thyme
2 shallots, sliced
3 tbsp olive oil
850g British beef top rump roast
2 x 350g packs Waitrose Sliced Butternut Squash
500g tub Waitrose Beef Gravy, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Mix together the garlic, thyme, sliced shallots, olive oil and seasoning in a shallow dish. Add the beef, turning to coat in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1½ –2 hours, turning a couple of times. Remove from the marinade. Add the squash to the leftover marinade and toss to coat.

2. Heat a heavy-duty roasting tin on the hob over a high heat and brown the beef on all sides then transfer the tin to the oven and calculate the cooking time: 20 minutes per 500g for rare, 25 minutes for medium and 30 minutes for well done. Cook for the calculated time adding the butternut squash to the tin for the last 40 minutes and turn once during cooking.

3. Remove the beef from the oven and transfer to a warm platter. Serve with the roasted butternut squash wedges, the heated gravy, and Yorkshire pudding.

Drink recommendation

Rich, warming Rhone reds are perfect with the ingredients here. Try Guigal Cotes du Rhone, France.

Recipes courtesy of Waitrose recipes

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