This Crock Pot Italian Pot Roast is a fantastic all day slow cooker recipe. It is simple to throw together in the morning and results in a tender fall apart roast with an incredible flavor!
1/2lbsliced baby portabella mushrooms
1onion halved and sliced
4lbbeef chuck roasttrimmed
1.5ozpkg garlic and herb sauce mixyou can substitute pesto mix OR italian dressing mix
1/2teaspoonred pepper flakes
29 ozItalian-style diced tomatoes(2 - 14.5 oz cans) drained (or undrained for more gravy)
8ozcan tomato sauce
Put your mushrooms and onion in your crock pot
Place your roast in your crock pot
Sprinkle your sauce mix and red pepper flakes evenly across your roast.
Pour tomatoes and sauce over top.
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, it is done when your roast is cooked through and very tender
Take your roast out, cut into large chunks and keep warm
Skim the fat from the cooking liquid in your crock pot and discard the fat
In a coffee cup, mix together your water and cornstarch until smooth
Pour into the juices in your crock pot and stir until combined well
Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes, until your mixture is thickened, stir once
Add your roast chunks back into your crock pot
Cover and cook an additional few minutes until everything is heated through
This recipe is an altered version of the Crock Pot Italian Pot Roast from Gooseberry Patch's Busy-Day Slow Cooking.
Roasts get tender with time. If your roast isn't as tender as you would like, cook it a little longer. Our 5 lb roast was fall apart tender after 8-9 hours.
We have used just about all of our 6 qt slow cookers to make this at one time or another, but Mikey made this in our One Hand Cook and Carry Crock Pot because he wanted to take it in to work for his co-workers.
If you don't like mushrooms, you can leave them out.
We LOVE baby bellas in this recipe, but white buttons will work too. Canned mushrooms (drained) could also work in a pinch.
As with any of our recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.
All slow cookers cook differently, so cooking times are always a basic guideline and should always be tested first in your own slow cooker and time adjusted as needed.