Saucy Italian Roast Recipe
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Saucy Italian Roast Recipe

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"This tender roast is one of my favorite fix-and-forget meals," says Jan Roat of Red Lodge, Montana. "I thicken the juices with a little flour and add ketchup, then serve the sauce and beef slices over pasta."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup red wine or beef broth
  • Hot cooked pasta

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked beef (calculated without pasta): 218 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper; rub over roast. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with mushrooms and onion. Combine the spaghetti sauce and wine; pour over meat and vegetables.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Slice roast; serve with pasta and pan juices. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Italian Roast in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p21

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 249995
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2016

"I tried it today. Pretty good but still can't figure out why the beef is dry. Any ideas?"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 246258
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"Loved loved loved it! You had me at spaghetti sauce. I served it with red wine. Soooo good! Will make again."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 29347
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"This is a delicious meal to cook in the slow cooker. The roast was delicious. We will definitely have this again. So easy and so good. I highly recommend this as a Volunteer Field Editor."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 33313
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"I thought this was tasty, but my husband was not so enthusiastic. Maybe it was the type of spaghetti sauce I used."

sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 70541
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"This was surprisingly good! I used a chuck roast and shredded it, the red wine added a very nice flavor. Sauce was a little thin."

scsvatek User ID: 4971420 20344
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Delicious and so easy. This will become a regular at our house."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 25799
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Easy meal. Combine the ingredients the night before and then just put it in the slow cooker on my way out the door. Come home to raves at dinner time."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 24334
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"This was ok. I'm not a big roast person, but the rest of the family loved it."

mweeks User ID: 3745968 49810
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"This is very yummy! A very good variation for a roast. Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing!"

heidiwalbourn User ID: 3389925 20343
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"This is great! My picky eater ate 3 helping of it!"

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