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This slow cooker marinara pot roast just needs 5 ingredients to make a flavorful dinner. Pop into the slow cooker in the morning, cook a few side dishes and in just 20 minutes you can have a delicious wholesome meal.
My family loves slow cooker meals. For me, they seem to be the perfect type of meals that marry wholesome home cooking with quick and easy. I just made this slow cooker marinara pot roast for my son, along with two of his favorite side dishes and it only took me 20 minutes for the whole meal. This meal also worked out great because I’m having guests stay with us for 2 weeks. I wanted to have a good meal for my guests and not spend all night in the kitchen.
Tonight I used French cut green beans and Uncle Ben’s® Flavor Infusions Garlic & Butter rice. I thought they would go great with this Italian pot roast. Growing up we ate ALOT of rice and Uncle Ben’s® has been my family’s preferred brand of rice. My mother and grandmother always used it and now I do too because it comes out perfect every time. It’s never sticky or mushy, just perfect little grains.
Slow cooker marinara pot roast recipe
I love this pot roast because it takes very little prep. I just cut the garlic into slivers and stuff into the roast. Then I slather some Italian seasonings and salt on the outside of the roast. Do this the night before and pop it into the slow cooker the next morning along with jar or canned marinara sauce. That’s it. Just 5 ingredients and a few minutes. When dinner time comes around, the roast is done and all you need to do is make your side dishes like these green beans and rice. A wholesome delicious dinner in less than 20 minutes.
Here’s a meal prep tip for you.
Marinate or prepare a few slow cooker roasts and store in your freezer. Thaw overnight and make sure you have a few easy to prepare side dishes like frozen veggies or these Uncle Ben’s® Flavor Infusions on hand. I buy the meat in bulk when it’s on sale and prepare a few different recipes with them. If you want to dress up your side dishes you can add jarred pesto to the veggies or maybe nuts and flavored olive oil. All things you probably have in your pantry. Now you have a few go to meals on hand any day of the week.
Here’s how you get 2 meals from 1.
Another nice thing about this meal is that it makes great leftovers. Even if you don’t want to eat it exactly as it is the next day, you can transform it from a pot roast dinner as seen below into ….
… a pot roast sub and refreshing rice salad for lunch. My hubby ate this for dinner the next night and loved it! The sub tastes better than any meatball sub you’ve had and the rice salad is so easy to make. Just add some grape tomatoes to the green beans and rice, along with red onion, basil and Italian dressing. It’s a delicious dish on it’s own.
By the way, one of the reasons I came up with this meal is because I noticed these new Uncle Ben’s® Flavor Infusions at Walmart. I went to Walmart specifically looking for side dishes to go with the frozen roasts I had for my guests. These rice side dishes are nice because they come in a resealable bag and contain 8 servings so you can get more than one meal out of them. Also they don’t need a messy flavor packet because the grains are infused with flavor.
To learn more about Uncle Ben’s® Flavor Infusions or just to get some great recipes check them out here or check them out on social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or YouTube). My mom and grandma would have loved these!
Well I hope you like this quick and easy dinner. It was a big hit with my family. And with just a little planning you can cook your family a delicious and hearty dinner any night of the week.
- 2 lb chuck roast
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 5 cloves garlic, cut into slivers
- Prepare the roast the night before.
- Cut slits into the roast and put the garlic slivers inside.
- Mix the salt and Italian seasonings together and rub all over the roast.
- Refrigerate overnight and the next day place in a slow cooker and pour marinara sauce over.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
Some more great slow cooker recipes to try!