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. Evelyn Edgett

    “The slow cooker is proof that God loves us and want us to be happy.” Benjamin Franklin Looks great, will try as soon as I get some more garlic!

  2. 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!

  3. 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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