Italian Pot Roast


Pasta, marinara, and plenty of veggies join beef pot roast to make this Italian Pot Roast recipe a complete Mediterranean feast.

Italian Pot Roast
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
4 servings + reserves


  • 1 3 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and cut into thin wedges

  • 3 medium carrots, halved lenthwise and bias-sliced in 2-inch lengths (1-1/2 cups)

  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges (1 cup)

  • 1 26 ounce jar pasta sauce

  • 2 - 3 cup hot cooked penne pasta

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Trim fat from roast. In a small bowl, combine garlic salt, fennel seed, and pepper; rub into roast on all sides. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker, combine fennel, carrot, and onion. Place roast on top. Pour pasta sauce over roast in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours.

  3. Reserve one-third of the roast and 2 cups of the sauce; store as directed below. Toss pasta with parsley. Serve remaining roast and sauce over hot pasta mixture. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings and reserves.

To store reserves:

Chop reserved roast (about 2 cups). Place beef and reserved sauce in separate airtight containers. Seal and chill for up to 3 days.

For Easy Cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
13g Fat
47g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 944mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 8.9mg 45%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 7.6mg 42%
Potassium 1129mg 24%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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