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Onion-Topped Herbed Pork Roast

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours + standing


12 servings

The herb rub and sliced onion add loads of flavor to this pork roast. I like to serve it with a side of parslied potatoes and a green salad for a well-rounded dinner. — Shelia Letchworth, Versailles, Missouri
Onion-Topped Herbed Pork Roast Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (4 pounds)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons rubbed sage
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional


  1. Cut roast in half. Place pork and water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Spread butter over meat. Combine the sage, parsley, pepper, garlic, oregano and salt; sprinkle over meat. Top with onion. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. If desired, thicken cooking juices. Stir in browning sauce if desired. Let meat stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounce-weight: 227 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 7, 2020

    This was pretty good but I did have some trouble with it. I couldn't get the butter to stay on the meat unfortunately. Then I also lowered the amount of spices based on previous reviews, but that was a mistake. With the lower spices, using water instead of something more flavorful like chicken broth, the meat came out quite bland. I also noticed that when making meals I have to cut down the cook time a bit to make sure it doesn't come out dry. I cut the cook time down to 7 hours and it still was very dry. I'd probably give this another try, using all the spices and chicken/beef broth instead of water. As-is, I wasn't completely impressed.

  • gunslinger
    May 15, 2018

    Made this for supper tonight and it was delicious! Pork was very tender and flavorful. It was kind of spicy which I liked but you could cut the spices in half if you wanted it milder. I made gravy from the drippings to go over the meat and mashed potatoes and it was very tasty as well.

  • cynandtom
    Jun 29, 2017

    Tender, flavorful, and delicious. Bonus: easy and house smelled great all day! The only change I made was using stock instead of water, which I always do.

  • Joe
    Jun 8, 2017

    I've got a question: The very first instruction you give is to "Cut roast in half" - is that vertically or horizontally? Perhaps if I knew why, I'd understand it. Please explain. My bet is that most people just ignored it.

  • mbdumee
    Aug 27, 2015

    This was okay, but nothing special to anyone in my family.

  • ryanswife
    Mar 28, 2014

    This was really moist and we really liked it. I would not put as much spices on the top though, it seemed too much and too strong.

  • luigimon
    Jan 22, 2014

    Wonderful flavor and so tender!

  • szahradnik
    Jan 7, 2014

    The meat was extremely tender and moist however my husband said I need to cut the sage in half next time.

  • patruska
    Jan 3, 2014

    Enjoy slow cooker recipes like this one, makes my day easier, very tasty.

  • tonio999
    Jan 3, 2014

    I use bone-in for better flavor. This is very rich-yum !