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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. It's one of my favorite pork roast recipes. —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; skim fat. Add enough water to the drippings to measure 1-1/2 cups.
  • 5. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk remaining flour and 1/3 cup water until smooth. Gradually whisk in drippings mixture and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, 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: 174 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2018

"This is the best pork roast I've ever had! I'm serving it at my wedding reception"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2018

"We did not care for the flavor these seasonings added."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2018

"Instead of adding 1c water to pan in the beginning, I added 1/2c white cooking wine and 1/2c water and it gave it so much flavor! Such a great recipe! No leftovers! My family inhaled it going back for seconds and thirds!"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2017

"it is a crap recipe ,been in the oven aprox 1 hr and 45 minutes for a 3.25 lb roast and internal temp is 115 degrees

and on convect roast, you wont print this because its a negative review."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2017

"This one is a keeper! No need to even sort through reviews to see what people altered to make the recipe great. Only changes I had to make are that I had to cook it longer. Go by internal temp, not time. And I made a little bit more gravy, because.... well.... it's gravy! Delicious, and even the leftovers were juicy and great. Don't skip the crushed bay leaf. It's essential. Served with oven roasted potatoes and a salad."

Carolyn Sue Cozishr
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2017

"Thank you ,, I live in Port St Lucie , Fl ,,, Sat I was scared , because Hurricane. Erma was coming , , I cook .. when stressed ,, I made a this 8 lb pork roast , with your recipe ,, so Good ,, II shared with neighbors ,, after they had worked all day putting up shutters the last min , I also had put Potatoes in with roast ,, keep posting"

Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"Simple! Didn't have any thyme on hand, so I subbed in dried oregano. It was really tender and tasty. I used extra carrots and celery to layer the bottom of my cast iron pan."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

"This is my new "go to" for pork roast. Delightful in every way. Family loved the slightly sweet flavor of the roast and veggies. Making sliced pork roast sandwiches for school / work lunches tomorrow!

My changes based on what I had available in the pantry:
1 tsp Onion powder instead of chopped onions (mixed with dry ingredients)
3 Large Carrots (to serve 4 people 1/2 roast for supper tonight. Should have used more so there would be some for leftover roast.)
2 Celery Ribs (again could have used more for leftovers . . . we ate all the veggies with dinner tonight.)
3 Whole bay leaves placed on top. (removed before serving.)
NO salt & pepper . . . I used a no-salt garlic & herb seasoning (with thyme in it) instead of the dried thyme and a dash of ground cayenne pepper.
Only other change: instead of shallow roasting pan, I used my Le Creuset deep casserole without the lid.

Grammy Debbie
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

"Delicious meat and vegetables. I didn't discard the vegetables either, they were delicious served along side the roast. I had a little trouble with the gravy as there was not enough drippings to really make the gravy with and it ended up being too watered down. I sliced the roast and warmed it up later in the day for our supper and the juices that resulted from the roast were delicious on their own served over mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"The meat was delicious, but didn't like the vegetables, gravy was good. The rub made it flavorful, we will make it again! Thanks for sharing your recipe, my husband and daughter loves it."

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