Slow-Cooker Autumn Potroast Recipe
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Slow-Cooker Autumn Potroast Recipe

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This is one of my all time favorite slow-cooker recipes. It's always comforting, when the weather is chilly outside, to come home to this warm, home-cooked meal. —Mary Hankins, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 593 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 732mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 6g fiber), 48g protein.


  1. Cut roast in half; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with sweet potatoes, parsnips, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and remaining salt and pepper. Combine broth and wine; pour over vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Skim fat. Discard bay leaves. If desired, thicken cooking juices. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Autumn Pot Roast in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p38

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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MariahL User ID: 6035998 168185
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"Good fall recipe. I thought that the sweet potatoes had a perfect texture, but found that my parsnips were slightly too firm. Will just cut into slightly smaller pieces next time. Used sun-dried tomato pesto because I could not find anything else."

RaOwBe User ID: 705805 145274
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"This recipe is great!"

Krunal1 User ID: 6827277 183982
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"I love this recipe !!!"

[email protected] User ID: 4120394 183976
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"It is easy to prepare, that is the good part. Totally lacking flavor, I added 1/2 cup Worchester sauce with about 1/2 an hour left to cook or it would have been almost tasteless. Parsnips were just right but the sweet potatoes turned to almost mush. Will not make this one again."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 168181
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Nice traditional fall dish."

RRHOADES1 User ID: 6991658 185835
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"This recipe is mine and my husbands favorite! We used Rosato red wine and it gave it a hint of sweetness. Perfect!"

RedheadBuckeye User ID: 6403344 102575
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"Awesome Pot Roast and so easy to prepare. Got home from work to a complete meal and smelled so good."

GatorDee User ID: 6106343 186456
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"I expected great things, but found the recipe to be so bland. I added some seasonings of my own to give some oomph to the taste. I also added mini carrots for color."

kylady717 User ID: 5635955 118253
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Sounds like a keeper...and a 5 * too.Making this as soon as I get some parsnips , such an easy reciipe , looking forward to making it, rating this in advance:) how can it not be good ?"

Idontcarewhatmyscreennameis User ID: 6376742 118251
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I was drawn to this recipe for 2 reasons: 1. Sweet Potatoes, and 2. Parsnips - I love Sweet Potatoes and had to use up some Parsnips. These contributed to a unique and flavorful meal. I had to half the recipe because I have a 3 qt slow-cooker (just me and the wife), but will be making the other half in a couple of days. This is an excellent meal."

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