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Sunday Pork Roast Recipe

Sunday Pork Roast Recipe

Mom would prepare this delectable main dish for our family, friends and customers at the three restaurants she and Dad owned. The herb rub and vegetables give it a remarkable flavor. —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour 10 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 bay leaf, finely crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place vegetables on bottom of a shallow roasting pan. Mix 2 tablespoons flour, bay leaf, thyme, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper; rub over roast. Place roast on top of vegetables, fat side up. Add 1 cup water to pan.
  • 2. Roast 1 hour, basting once with pan juices if desired. Sprinkle brown sugar over roast. Roast 10-15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 140°. (Temperature of roast will continue to rise about 5-10° upon standing.)
  • 3. Remove roast to a platter. Tent with foil; let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
  • 4. Strain drippings from roasting pan into a measuring cup; discard vegetables. Skim fat. Add enough water to the drippings to measure 1-1/2 cups.
  • 5. In a small saucepan, whisk remaining flour and 1/3 cup water until smooth. Gradually whisk in drippings mixture and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve roast with gravy.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled sliced pork and gravy in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked pork with about 2 tablespoons gravy equals 174 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Sunday Pork Roast

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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"This is my new go to recipe for pork roast! The flavors are so bold!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"This is one of my favorite Taste of Home recipes. Initially, I was afraid the brown sugar might be overpowering. After tasting the roast, however, I discovered it had the perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors. I will definitely be making this recipe again soon!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"I love this recipe. I have been preparing it for years now since I first found it in Taste of Home magazine. I save some of the vegetables and add them to the gravy. My family loves it......"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"Made as directed except for discarding the vegetables ( I served them along side of the roast) and it was delicious. Family suggesting doubling the rub next time as the flavor from that was excellent!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"My whole family loves this recipe. Whenever I am going to get pork, they ask if I will make this. The love the flavor and the way it stays so moist. I use garlic instead of thyme and vary veggies, or sometimes don't use any, but this is great every time."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This is now one of my 'go to' recipes! Leftovers make great sandwiches, too."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"Why discard the vegetables, they are good to eat as a small side or can be blended into the Garvey for additional great taste especially when served over mashed potatoes.

Your may use additional carrots, onions and celery to make a complete side dish."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"LOVED this recipe. Easy, delicious and looks like you spent forever on it. We didn't even bother with the gravy it was so good without it. A keeper for certain!!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"I added an additional cup of water to the pan when I sprinkled the brown sugar on. The house smelled wonderful while it was in the oven and it tasted even better!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"Liked this recipe a lot. Easy and tasty 1-pot meal. I added an extra cup of water and some butter to the roasting pan before baking. Will definitely make again."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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