Italian Pot Roast Recipe

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:

Mongolian Short Ribs
Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Picture
Chicken Tortilla Soup Picture
Cowboy Beef Stew Photo

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?

Italian Pot Roast Photo

Italian Pot Roast Recipe

Lisa Grant
Italian pot roast might not be your idea of traditional pot roast, unless you’re Italian. But you’ll love this new Sunday supper…
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 278.69 kcal


  • 3 Beef Bottom Round Roast
  • 1 Salt
  • 0.5 Black Pepper
  • 28 Crushed Tomatoes (1 can)
  • 1 Garlic crushed
  • 2 Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Bread


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


Calories: 278.69kcalCarbohydrates: 8.44gProtein: 39gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1140.44mg
Keyword Beef, Crock Pot, Dinners, Easy, Easy Dinners, Italian, One Pot Meals, Slow Cooker
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