Easy Slow-Cooker Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe

RancherMan’s quite the accomplished hunter. As such, we always have a freezer stocked full of pork roasts and I enjoy finding different ways to cook them. I often use my slow cooker to prepare those roasts. Most of the time I’ll flavor it very generically so I can remake the leftover cooked meat into whatever we’re in the mood for. I’ve made Carnitas Tacos, or Pulled-Pork Enchiladas, or even BBQ Sandwiches & more.

But today I’m in the mood for an Italian-style roast with diced tomatoes, chunky onions,  crushed garlic & minced fresh herbs.

Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe. Chunk a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker and then sit back & wait for supper to be cooked for you! #TexasHomesteader

I looked around the internet for inspiration for an Italian-flavored roast, but they all had too many steps for me. And too many ingredients too. I’m a lazy eerrrrrrrr, I mean busy cook!

I needed something I could just chunk into the slow cooker, season it up & forget about it until suppertime. Maybe you’re looking for something easy with few ingredients or hands-on steps too? Well then, you’re gonna love this…

Easier Italian-Seasoned Pot Roast

Since this slow cooker is large and my roasts were relatively small I decided to go ahead & fill it up. I’m a Cook-Once, Eat-Twice kinda cook ya know.

Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe. Chunk a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker and then sit back & wait for supper to be cooked for you! #TexasHomesteader

So I thawed & rinsed 3 small pork shoulder roasts (I’m guessing about 5-6 lbs total) and crammed them into my slow cooker. Then I added a can of Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes. I sprinkled 1/2 teaspoon each of salt & pepper evenly over the roast & some Worcestershire sauce too.

Finally I added some fresh minced oregano & thyme (or you could just use a couple of teaspoons of dried Italian-flavored herbs if you like) and sprinkled the pressed garlic over the top. Finally I chunked a large onion into thick wedges and tucked it around the roast.

In only a few minutes the prep portion of my meal was done. I turned the slow cooker on low and just walked away. Now that’s my kinda cooking!

Meat Cooked To 160 Degrees

I prefer my cooked temps on these wild-pork roasts to be 160 degrees. So I cooked it for about 7 hours on low and that seemed to be about right.

It was a cold day with a rare cold front bringing temps into the low 30’s. So this meal cooking all by itself as RancherMan & I tended our chores was a welcome thing indeed. Who wants to come in from a hard day at work and start cooking supper?

Not me!

I simply walked into the house after a long day of work to the delightful smell of homemade roast. I whipped up some mashed potatoes and steamed up a few spears of fresh asparagus from the garden and our homemade supper was done!

Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe. Chunk a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker and then sit back & wait for supper to be cooked for you! #TexasHomesteader

Who said homemade cooking had to be hard or time consuming??

Simple, hands-off and delicious. Give it a try!

Slow Cooker Italian Flavored Pot Roast

Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 2 - 3 lb Pork Shoulder Roast
  • 14.5 oz Italian-Flavored Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb mixture such as dried basil, oregano or thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper



  1. Place roast in slow cooker & pour diced tomatoes over roast.

    Sprinkle Worcestershire sauce evenly over top of roast.

  2. Sprinkle salt, pepper & seasoning evenly over top of roast.

  3. Press garlic & sprinkle over roast.  Add wedges of onion evenly around roast.

  4. Cover and cook until the internal temperature of the roast is 160 degrees.  (on low around 7 hours or on high 4 hours, depending upon your slow cooker)

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4 thoughts on “Easy Slow-Cooker Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe

  1. Nancy

    I love cooking that way, as well. And I’m with you, I just throw everything in, turn it on and go. I made sure my kids had all the usual stuff, pots and pans, dishes, but I also included a crock pot, when they left home. Your recipe sounds good!

  2. ColleenB.

    Yuppers. My kind of cooking as well. Making me hungry as it’s been awhile since I made a roast
    I pretty much prepare my roasts the same. :}

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Ya know, Colleen – I see the recipes all the time that call for extra steps such as searing the roast first, or sauteing the onions before adding them. Pffft – I’ve got no time for all that and I sure don’t want more dirty dishes. I just plunk things in the slow cooker, turn it on and walk away! The results for this roast were delicious. ~TxH~


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