29 March 2010

Kitchen adventures: Slow cooker pot roast

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

I am back in slow cooker action and it feels good! I swear, my slow cooker cried in joy when I took her out of the drawer on Sunday.

And ever since I got her, I’ve wanted to make a pot roast. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and I was dying to try it.

The only issue: all of the pot roast recipes I found were high in calories, so I had to find something lighter. I love dinner, but hate consuming a large amount of calories at the end of the day.

So I looked around and found an easy Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast recipe on CookingLight.com that was less tha 300 calories per serving and required minimal ingredients. Sounded perfect!

Here’s how it turned out:

(I tried to show that it was tender and juicy, hope it doesn’t look gross instead)


  • 1  (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
  • 1  (8-ounce) container refrigerated prechopped green bell pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4  cup  plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • 1  tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  pounds  boneless shoulder pot roast


  • Place mushrooms and bell pepper in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray
  • Combine ketchup and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until blended
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan and roast with cooking spray. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place roast over vegetables in cooker; pour ketchup mixture over roast. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW; cook 6 to 7 hours or until roast is very tender. Serve vegetables and sauce over roast

The verdict: Win! Yes!

With one taste, I remembered why I love pot roast. I love when the meat falls apart on your plate and juices that make you want to eat the dish with a spoon. I reheated this tonight and still enjoyed it. I just have to pace myself to make it last this week :) Pot roast is hard to say no to. I’m so glad this turned out because I was really looking forward to it.


  • You can substitute the bell pepper for other veggies, like carrots, and it’s still delish
  • I skipped the entire searing and hour-long cook on high and it still turned out great
  • I recommend stirring the veggies while it’s cooking. I know you shouldn’t but they kind of stick together so a stir might help that
  • I would downplay the ketchup the next time I make this. I found that it had a slight lingering aftertaste, which is okay, but not how I like my pot roast :)
  • I would also add a little flower to the sauce to thicken it up as it’s a little runny

I’m super happy this turned out and I even have another half of a roast in the freezer to help me make this again.

Also, I’ve been hearing lately from a few people that made recipes I’ve featured on here and I have to say, that makes me SO happy. Being a non-cook, hearing that others have something I recommended really makes me smile. So thank you!

What are your favorite comfort foods to make or indulge in?


  1. Thanks so much, i am collecting these gonna try them all as i bought a slow cooker recently :)

  2. I do roasts a lot in our crockpot … a roast, a can of Diet Coke and an onion. Eazy-peazy!

  3. Wonderful says:

    I love to make baked macaroni and cheese, it’s a great comfort food!

  4. blaez says:

    roast is one of my fave things to cook in the slowcooker. i take my roast and put it in the pot with water, misc herbs and seasonings with some granualted beef (or pork or chicken depending on the meat) boulion and let it simmer until the veggies are tender. after 4 hours on low I add baby carrots, diced raw potatoes, sliced onions, minced garlic and mushrooms then it cooks another 2-3 hours on low (until the veggies are fork tender) and voila! yummy!!

  5. katelin says:

    man that looks so delicious (well minus the mushrooms, haha), nicely done. we’re going to have to start calling you julia child or martha or rachel ray, take your pick, haha.

  6. MinD says:

    I love slow cooker recipes – just found one for root beer barbecue beef sandwiches (not healthy, but sounds fab) that I can’t wait to try. I might have to add this one to the list!

  7. Kate says:

    I really love egg rolls and chicken and biscuits. I need to find good recipes for both!

  8. mandy says:

    I am not a huge fan of pot roast. I usually just pick out potatoes and carrots and eat those. I think that its awesome you’re cooking so much!

  9. jen says:

    i made the crockpot taco recipe you gave me on sunday and htey turned out DELICIOUS! also, i was talking about the recipe with a friend and she made them that day too! i don’t think i’ll ever make tacos the old way again! nice job on the roast, looks great!

  10. poodlegoose says:

    *drool* Now I have to go take out one of my 5 crockpots and start cooking. That roast looks splendid. Makes me miss my grandma’s cooking, definitely.

  11. Maki says:

    Oooooo one of my favorite slow cooker post and it’s pot roast!!! Yay! That looks awesome – I’ll definitely try this one:)


  12. Erin says:

    Nice job finding that recipe!

    I’ve never been a huge fan of pot roast, but ever since I discovered how to make Italian beef in the crock pot that has been a go-to comfort food. Also, mashed potatoes. There is NOTHING better than good homemade mashed potatoes when I need comfort food.

  13. Stephanie says:

    I like to try a lot of your recipes because they are ones I would pick anyway. I am always looking for new, simple, meat ideas. And since I don’t eat meat, I like to pick ones that someone else has tried so I know they will taste good! I might have to try this pot roast! =)

    My favorite comfort food would be pasta with any kind of creamy cheesy sauce. I love me some Alfredo. Why is everything so good so bad?

  14. Kay says:

    okay – that’s it. i’m busting out the slow cooker (for the first since i got it) and making this THIS WEEK! will report back on the outcome :)

  15. Some many comfort foods I love…like white queso, friend chicken salad, pot roast, fried chicken legs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, ham balls, potato leek soup, green olive pizza, steak, baked potatoes…..seriously I could keep going. I love, love, love food.

  16. Maggie says:

    yum! Chris & I are huuuuge fans of pot roasts in our slow cooker.

    As for comfort food..hmm..a good roasted chicken & mashed potatoes. or lasagna..yummmm

  17. jenn says:

    you are a regular chef these days! your recipes look so good – very impressive. :)

  18. awesome! i’ve really loved experimenting with my crock pot!

    my comfort foods is pasta. a nice big bowl of it.

  19. Stevie says:

    Oh man, I loooooooove pot roast. Pot roast, chowder and chili are my 3 favorite comfort foods – and all can be made in the slow cooker!!!

    I’ve never cooked bell peppers with my pot roast, I usually just do carrots and potatoes. I think I’ll have to try that next time!