Roasted Pork Loin Dinner

Roasted pork loin cooked and ready to be served
Roasted pork loin cooked and ready to be served | Source

Sunday Traditions

Sunday dinner at my house has always been a favorite time of mine. I've tried to carry on a tradition that my husband and I had growing up. The tradition being that all family members are present, sitting down at the dining room table, and having a full course meal together. It's a much needed time to connect with each other and discuss what's going on in everyone's life. When my sons were younger we sat down for dinner daily, but now that they're grown and have busy lives, Sundays seem to be the best day of the week to visit and get together as a family.

Sunday Dinners Are Special

There are various meals that I make for a Sunday dinner, but for the most part I like to cook a roast or a turkey. Many times I will cook an over sized roast so that we will have leftovers for lunches, or for another meal during the week.

Need a few Side Ideas?

Pork Roast has always been one of our favorite Sunday meals. This is a very easy meal to prepare and it can all be cooked in one roasting pan.

  • Steamed vegetables.
  • Garden, Caesar, or a Spring-mix Salad.
  • Serve your favorite soup before or during the main course.
  • Homemade or store bought applesauce is a nice accompaniment.
  • Put out a tray of your favorite pickles along with perhaps some beets.
  • If you prefer you can make mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, rather than adding the potatoes to the roasting pan.
  • Fresh dinner rolls or homemade bread.

3.8 stars from 6 ratings of Pork Roast With Roasted Potatoes

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
Yields: Will serve 6-8 people

Ingredients You Will Need

Pork loin, carrots, potatoes, garlic, pepper
Pork loin, carrots, potatoes, garlic, pepper | Source

Ingredients for Roasted Pork Loin Dinner

This served 4 people and we had 1/2 of the roast left over for the week.

1- 6 pound Pork loin roast

4 - 5 large carrots

6 - 7 medium potatoes

4 garlic cloves

Fresh ground pepper

Place carrots into the bottom of the roasting pan
Place carrots into the bottom of the roasting pan | Source
Prepare the pork loin.
Prepare the pork loin. | Source
Pork loin is now ready to go into the oven.
Pork loin is now ready to go into the oven. | Source

Let's Get Cooking

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place oven rack in the center of the oven.

Peel carrots and place in the bottom of the roasting pan. This will make clean up easier and will also act as a rack to keep the roast off the bottom of the pan.

Wash potatoes and cut in half. I don't normally peel the potatoes as there are many nutrients in the peel. I find that leaving the peel on to roast them keeps them from getting stuck onto the pan.

Remove roast from packaging and rinse under cold water. Pat dry.

Peel and slice garlic cloves. With a sharp knife put slits into the roast and insert the garlic slices.

Score the fatty side of the roast as shown in the picture.

Grind pepper on top of the roast.

Place roast into the roasting pan on top of the carrots. Add fresh ground pepper.

Add about 2 cups of cold water to the bottom of the roasting pan, then position the potatoes around the roast.

Applesauce

Apple sauce is a favorite of mine to go along with the pork roast. You can either purchase a jar of apple sauce or make your own.

Recipe For Apple Sauce

4 large apples peeled, cored and sliced

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 cup of water

1/3rd of a cinnamon stick

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and mash. This can be served hot or cold.

Into The Oven

Place the roasting pan into the oven and cook for one hour. After an hour baste the potatoes and exposed carrots with the juice that's in the bottom of the pan. Check and make sure to see if more water is needed. If so add it now.

Continue to cook for approximately another 45 minutes to an hour or until internal meat has reached 160°.

Remove from oven, place roast onto a cutting board and tent with aluminum foil for 10-15 minutes before slicing.



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Roast beef with a side salad | Source

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Just Ask Susan 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Gina, I cooked it at 325F.


gina 21 months ago

What temperature did you roast it? Maybe I overlooked that in the instructions.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Smine, I hope that if you do make a pork roast like mine that you and your friends enjoy the recipe.


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smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

Perfect time for this recipe as I'm making dinner for friends this weekend. I just might make this one.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Smilejuscause!


Smilejuscause 2 years ago

This is a delicious and super easy meal for a houseful of hungry people! Plus you don't need to run to the store to purchase a bunch of unnecessary ingredients!! Very filling and healthy as well! Thanks! From a very busy mom


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks TotalHealth, and I hope you enjoy the dinner.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sitting down for dinner every night as a family was as common as putting on socks. We never really gave it much thought, it was something everyone did on a daily basis. It makes me sad that so many people don't tend to do this. Hope that you enjoy this recipe and thanks so much!


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TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

Delicious and healthy - thanks for the recipe! I will definitely try this and take my time to pick a quality pork loin roast and fresh veggies! Voted up ; )


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Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

There are those of us, of a certain generation, who sat down together for dinner everyday. Sundays, of course, was special and we often had friends and other family members present. My mother always invited someone(s) she knew was alone, etc. I tried to follow that tradition when my family was growing up. Susan....I love your receipes and this one is great. And, cauliflower is great. When I was working to get my health back under control, I learn to do so many things with cauliflower. I will be trying this one for sure and invited people over to share.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharon, I use carrots and or celery quite often when cooking roasts. Really does make a difference when it's time to wash and scrub out the roasting pan.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

"Pork choooopppppppsssssssss and apple sauce." One of my favorite meals is a pork roast, dumplings and applesauce. But I don't always feel like making dumplings. I like your ideas here. Especially the position of the carrots for clean up. Great hub!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Billy, Drool away, I don't mind :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

One of my favorite Sunday meals and your recipe has me drooling, which isn't a pleasant sight. Thank you and thumbs up!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

KKG, Thanks so much.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Susan, here in our home we love pork roast and Sunday dinners are still special. You roast looks fabulous. I must try it. Up, and awesome.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Some of the best foods are very easy to make.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Simple yet mouth watering. Even I could cook that.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

alekhouse, Thank you, and hope you enjoy.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LadyLyell, I don't use salt at all as I find it dries out the roasts. All I've done here is slice into the fat down to the meat and added pepper to it. The crackle comes out quite nice by just doing this.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

marellen, Hope that your mom is doing well. I like to have meatless meals, but cannot imagine having to cook without meat all the time. If you do get to sneak, I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Thank you, always appreciate your support and all of your comments.


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This is one of my favorite meals. Just reading your hub made me hungry. Gotta have it for Sunday this week. My mom used to make cracking all the time when I was young. Never tried it myself.My taste buds thank you for a wonderful hub.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

There is nothing quite like a roast dinner. I haven't baked pork in years but now want to try it but tell me, how do you make the crackling? I've heard that you must rub salt into the fat before baking. The idea with the carrots is so good!

Thanks for the nice read!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

nina, Thank you. It would be much easier if we could grab food from the computer. Think of all the time it would save :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

missolive, My husband too works late hours, and many nights I eat before he gets home. Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoy this recipe.


marellen 4 years ago

Yummy Susan......this is one of my favorites too but I don't get to cook this very often now that I care give my Mom. Eating meat is not her favorite anymore but once in a while I do sneak one in and share it with the kids. After reading your hub, I think its time for another sneak.......lol


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Mmm another for me to bookmark in with my favourite recipes.

Thank you so much for sharing and I'll let you know how I get on.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

All I can say is "yummy"!!!!! That roast & potatoes looks so good that I can grab it off the picture!!!! Voted up and away!!!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Hi Susan, there is something nostalgic and memorable about Sunday dinners - isn't there? My husband usually works on the weekends and our family meals are usually during the week. Whenever he is off on the weekends I always try to treat the family to a nice roast with all the fixings. Not only are the meals great, but the memories and moments shared are heartwarming. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Sometimes we don't need too many ingredients and spices and yours proves that simple is better. I don't make many pork roasts, but I'd like to give your recipe a try. I especially like the addition of the apple sauce. Sounds like the perfect combination. As always, thank you for sharing your insight, ideas and yummy recipes.

Voted up and sharing


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you so much Ruby. I've learned a lot from you too with poetry.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Flora, It's really easy to make :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drbj, We like pork here too. Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Steph, So glad you like it, and thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cloverleaf, Thank you :)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Susan, This is my kind of food. I love roast pork. I never lay it on the carrots, but i will. I learn so much from you. ( I really mean that. ) Thank you....


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I wish I was a better cook. I would love to have this for dinner. Yum!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I swear, Susan, I can smell the aroma of that luscious looking pork roast from here. Yummmmmmmmmm! Pork is my favorite meat so this will be one of my favorite recipes. Thank you, m'dear.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Yummy lead off photograph! I had already pulled up a chair and had my napkin on my lap before I got to the actual recipe. :)

I love cooking for the family and we do sit down at least 2-3 times a week for dinner together. Definitely bookmarking this one. Thanks Susan!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Susan, you've definitely got it all covered here - right down to the apple sauce! I'm impressed. Voting up.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, Sometimes I make applesauce but not always. A savory sauce sounds good to me.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pamela, Thanks so much.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lizam, I don't use any oil for the potatoes. I just put them right into the roasting pan with the water in the bottom. But thank you for the tip, and thanks for sharing too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Snurre, Thank you for stopping by even though you don't eat pork :) Always nice to see you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

savanahl, Thank you. These days with everyone so busy, sometimes it's hard to get everyone together at the same time.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, Thanks so much. You always say the nicest things.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

My fiancé loves pork. He is not a fan of sweet sauces so I would have to make a savory sauce but this looks exciting!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

The dinner looks fabulous. You have some very good pictures as well.


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Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

Sundays roasts are something I grew up with in England. We eat as a family every day of the week with one night off for pizza or something out. I am definitely going to try this roast. One tip for potatoes not sticking is to make sure the oil is hot before you put them in the oven. Thanks for sharing your recipe and I have shared on twitter too.


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Snurre 4 years ago

This looks delicious! (I'm saying this even though I don't eat pork)


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savanahl 4 years ago

Wow what an amazing looking meal. I love the thought of Sunday dinners. When my parents lived here in the states we use to get together for meals at least once a week but now, with them overseas, I'm lucky if I see my siblings once or twice a year even though they live 10 minutes away. I'm definitely voting this one up and awesome as well as bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I think if today's young can get a meal to look like that.. they will sit to dinner... Hell I know I will..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I like this cut of roast as its on the leaner side. I'll either cut in in half and make 2 roast out of it or cut it up into chops. With the leftovers from this one I made pork fried rice. Thanks for being the first to comment and hope you enjoy the recipe.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sounds terrific! I do not peel my potatoes before I roast them either...they really do not stick for that reason:)

We do have a sit together dinner almost every night but 2 of my kids are still home. Dave and I use that time to ask what their day was like or if anything exciting happened each day...also I get to nag about who isn't finishing something! Lol

I'm trying this for sure - probably next week it depends on if I can find that cut of meat - the stores around here are often out of stuff like that. I know - ridiculous!

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