Italian Pot Roast for Sunday Supper

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Make a Italian pot roast in the slow cooker while you're sleeping! This Sunday supper requires hardly any work, just a whole lotta love.

Italian Pot Roast Photo

There is the old gravy-red sauce debate on what goes on pasta. Coming from an Italian family, we had pasta with gravy on most Sundays. Some of my friends called it sauce while others called it gravy. My husband always refers to gravy as the brown kind, served with on pot roast and mashed potatoes, but to me that is brown gravy. We often had pot roast at our Sunday dinners too. But this was not the kind you eat with mashed potatoes. This was the type of pot roast served with ravioli, spaghetti or penne pasta.

When I was first married, I made an Italian pot roast for my husband. He had never had a pot roast like this before. He was used to a pot roast with carrots, brown gravy and mashed potatoes. He really enjoyed it the new way I made it, so I have incorporated it into our monthly dinner menu. It’s so easy to make, I can even cook it while sleeping.

Italian Pot Roast Picture

I actually put this roast in my slow cooker right before I went bed. When I woke up in the morning, I could smell dinner. All I had to do was heat up the roast and boil some pasta for that night’s dinner. If you are not a pasta fan, this roast is great with rice or on some crusty bread to make an awesome sandwich. I usually serve it with a Caprese salad and dinner is done.

Our Sundays are usually hectic - we are at soccer games, baseball games or church events. The slow cooker is a really handy cooking tool when you want to come home to an easy cooked dinner. Here are some other ideas for your slow cooker:

I love making anything in the slow cooker but this Italian Pot Roast has always been one of my favorites. Besides, it pairs well with pasta which is another one of my favorites.

Do you make your pot roast with red or brown gravy? 

    8 Servings


  • 3 pounds beef bottom round roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes, (1 can)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
for serving (if desired):
  • pasta
  • rice
  • bread


  1. Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker with the heat on low.
  2. Mix together the tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning and onion powder. Pour over the beef roast.
  3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until beef is very tender.
  4. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slice the meat and serve the meat and gravy over pasta, rice or bread. 


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About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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