Pennsylvania Pot Roast Recipe
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Pennsylvania Pot Roast Recipe

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"This heartwarming one-dish meal is adapted from a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe," says Donna Wilkinson of Clarksburg, Maryland. "I start the pot roast cooking before I leave for church, add vegetables when I get home, and then just sit back and relax until it's done."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), halved
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 medium red potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 7 to 8 fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Browning sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 331 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add the broth, onions and seasonings. Cook, covered, on high for 4 hours. Add the potatoes, carrots and mushrooms. Cook, covered, on high 1 hour longer or until vegetables are tender. Remove the meat and vegetables; keep warm. Discard bay leaf.
  2. In a saucepan, combine flour and cold water until smooth; stir in 1-1/2 cups cooking juices. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add browning sauce if desired. Serve with roast and vegetables. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pennsylvania Pot Roast in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p53

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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bjecook User ID: 8056719 237411
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"loved it"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 203673
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"This is a great crock pot recipe. The browning sauce (which I had never used before) gives the gravy a nice rich color. Next time I will quarter some onions instead of using the sliced green onions in the recipe."

wzejq9hh User ID: 3440926 32537
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Awesome and so easy!"

NotASteelerFan User ID: 6377468 80103
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe! I added 1 cup of celery to the recipe; we couldn't do a roast without celery. Everything was so tender and delicious, we would definitely make this roast again!"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 74166
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"Ditto that. The gravy is surprisingly good without needing extra fussing, as gravies usually do. I mixed the cold water and flour in a swirl cup and added it to the broth at the beginning of the cooking time, making the recipe even easier. I didn't need the browning sauce. You may want to cut down on the cooking time - cook just till a fork can pierce the roast easily. My supermarket sells these small pork shoulder roasts frequently, so this recipe will join the rest in my "favorites and frequently used" file."

Charelene User ID: 4546483 80102
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Made this today. Husband and friends loved it. I forgot to add salt & pepper when cooking, but it wasn't missed! The flavor is really fantastic. Definitely to do again, and again, and again."

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