Slow Cooker Recipes: Crock Pot Rosemary Roast

Prepare Dinner in 10 Minutes in the Morning

Its that time of year when schedules get busier and it is harder to prepare a healthy family dinner when you walk in the door. With slow cookers (also known as crock pots), you can prepare your meal in 10 minutes in the morning and come home to a delicious, hearty meal!

I love using my crock pot for several reasons. First, the aromas of a home-cooked meal are the first thing that greet you when you walk in the door at the end of the day. Second, your dinner is immediately ready as soon as you arrive. No waiting for the oven to finish baking. Finally, I find that its much easier (less stressful) to put your dinner together in the morning than to try to decide on a meal, shop for it and prepare it when you have a hungry family waiting to eat. Nothing says comfort food like slow cooked meat and vegetables in the crock pot!

Our grocery store holds cooking demonstrations twice a month, and I just happened to be passing by when they were showing how easy it is to prepare Crock Pot Rosemary Roast. I went right home and pulled a roast from my freezer. Dinner is going to be so easy tonight!

Gathering ingredients for Crock Pot Rosemary Roast
Gathering ingredients for Crock Pot Rosemary Roast | Source

Cook Time for Crock Pot Rosemary Roast

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 6 hours
  • Ready in: 6 hours 15 min
  • Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Crock Pot Rosemary Roast Ingredients

There are not many ingredients in this slow cooker recipe, which adds to its simplicity and also makes it less expensive to prepare.

  • 3 pound cross rib beef roast
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 cups baby carrots (or peeled and chopped regular carrots)
  • 3 cups mini potatoes (or quartered red or yellow potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 c Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • 3-6 c. of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh rosemary is the star of this recipe
Fresh rosemary is the star of this recipe | Source
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Preparing Crock Pot Rosemary Roast
Preparing Crock Pot Rosemary Roast
Preparing Crock Pot Rosemary Roast | Source
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Prepare Crock Pot Rosemary Roast

Start by taking out your slow cooker or crock pot. Peel the onions and roughly chop into quarters, then place at the bottom of the pot. The onions will caramelize as the dish cooks.

Next, salt and pepper the roast to taste, on both sides, then place atop the onions. Add the vegetables: carrots and potatoes are called for in the recipe. You can also add other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips or radishes.

Unwrap two beef bullion cubes and place on top of the roast (no need to dissolve before hand). Add the garlic and Worcestershire Sauce next.

If you are using fresh herbs (highly recommended). Take each stem of the rosemary and the thyme and remove the leaves from the woody stem. This is very easy to do - simply hold the end of the sprig and starting at the top, pull your fingers along the stem. Mince the herbs, then add to the crock pot.

All you need to do now is use enough water to just cover the meat. When I prepared this recipe, it was just less than 4 cups of water.

Cover the slow cooker/crock pot and turn it on high. Cook until the meat is tender, about 6-7 hours.

I like to include parsnips with the slow cooker roast
I like to include parsnips with the slow cooker roast | Source

Extra Recipe Time-Saving Tips

  • Using bagged mini carrots and small potatoes, you can save time required to wash, peel and cut vegetables for the Crock Pot Rosemary Roast recipe
  • Dried herbs can be used in place of fresh herbs
  • Minced garlic may replace freshly chopped garlic cloves
  • You can skip the gravy step and only use the broth from the crock pot as an au jus

Serving Suggestions for Rosemary Roast

At the end of the day, remove the cover from the crock pot. With a slotted spoon, move the vegetables into a serving bowl. Remove the roast and place on a serving platter. The meat is so tender you can flake it with a fork!

If you wish, you can make gravy with the liquid beef broth remaining in the slow cooker. Our cooking demonstrator used a prepackaged gravy mix in a skillet and whisked in 1 cup of the broth. In just minutes, the gravy is ready. Serve over the roast and vegetables if desired.

We served the roast with a simple salad and butter rolls. Healthy and delicious!


I wish you could smell the aroma of the crock pot roast!
I wish you could smell the aroma of the crock pot roast! | Source

What do you think of Crock Pot Rosemary Roast?

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Crock Pot Rosemary Roast

© 2011 Stephanie Hicks

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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When I worked out of town, my Crock Pot was used almost every day. I found that I could just dump all the ingredients in with no liquid at all, turn it on low, and it would make its own liquid.

I also used to put it on the night before and let it cook all night and all day. That will tenderize any cut of meat!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Cool Will - I like the meat tenderizing tip for Crock Pots! We love our slow cooker all winter long. With 4 kids and busy schedules, its a life saver for the end of the day when we don't want to cook. Cheers, Steph


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amy jane 4 years ago from Connecticut

This looks soooo good! I just took out the slow cooker earlier this week and I've fallen in love with it all over again. Your rosemary roast meal is going on our menu for next week. :)


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Ah, yes. Beautifully done. I may try parsnips. I've never used those before. Voted up, bookmarked and all the keys I can hit. Thanks!


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thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

I love my crock pot! We also love recipes that are great to eat and smell good. I can't wait to try this one because I just bought rosemary and was hoping to find another recipe to use it in quickly. Great hub.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Amy - let me know how you like it! Even my 11-year old son is eating the cooked carrots and parsnips (success!) Best to you, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Ariene, I was so happy with how the parsnips turned out! I really love root vegetables and they made a nice compliment to the roast. Thanks for the votes, etc.! Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi bookmom,

One of the other tips we got at the cooking demonstration yesterday is to chop up the rest of your fresh herbs and stir them into softened butter, then refrigerate again. Delicious on rolls! Hope you enjoy the crock pot rosemary roast. It really does smell delicious. Cheers, Steph


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Slow cooking is convenient, this recipe sounds great, thanks stephhicks68, your photos are awesome.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks snakeslane, I think it helps to use your own photographs in recipe hubs or other how-to hubs. Had a great time cooking the roast today so I could share it with everyone! :) Cheers, Steph


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Rosie2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Steph, I don't have a crock pot, but my sister has one and she loves it. Your Crock Pot Rosemary Roast recipe looks so easy, even I (probably) could do it. Just thinking of the roast is making me hungry. Excellent instructions with photos. Voted up and very useful.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Rosie,

Crock pots are wonderful - you can find pretty inexpensive models these days too. But.... if your sister has one and you live close by, the crock pot rosemary roast is a great dish to share among family members. And yes, it is very easy. Enjoy! Steph


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Thank you for this recipe and ideas! I have to make this soon. It sounds like its right up my alley. I love crock pots too, and the aroma after a long day with the minimal work makes it a winner. I always am looking for more ways to use herbs like rosemary, as herbs are so healthy and tasty. Rated up :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi oceansnsunsets - thank you! I agree that fresh herbs are so nice to use in recipes. Hope you are able to make crock pot rosemary roast soon. Best, Steph


blog8withJ 4 years ago

Its Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. This is good for Thanksgiving. Awesome!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Steph, I'm sure I could smell this cooking...

I love my crock pot and will certainly try this recipe it looks and sound so delicous.

thank you for sharing. Best wishes MM


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi blog8wthJ - Happy Thanksgiving! My husband is Canadian, but we celebrate the holiday next month. Appreciate the comment! best to you, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi MM - the aromas should come through computer screens, don't you think? :) It really is an easy, delicious recipe. Crock pots are so convenient - we love ours. Best, Steph


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and awesome. This looks delicious. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Kitty! I love rosemary too. Hope you enjoy the crock pot recipe. Best, Steph


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

This is a great fall time meal. I will be trying this next week! Thanks, Steph!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Robin - we had leftovers for a few days, too. Used the meat in french dip sandwiches and added the veggies to a soup. Very tasty crock pot recipe.... let me know how you like it! Best, Steph


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

Wonderful recipe there. It came out just perfect. I love rosemary. Thanks for the recipe. Yummy.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Crazyhorseghost - so glad to hear that the crock pot roast turned out well for you! Its a perfect recipe for this time of year. Best to you, Steph


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sweetoneangel 4 years ago from New Jersey

Looks good, I think this will be our dinner later this week. Thanks for the hub.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi sweetoneangel,

Do let me know how the rosemary roast turns out for you! I'm happy to hear you're going to try the recipe. Best, Steph


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I love my crock pot!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Awesome Flora - we love our crock pot too! :) Steph


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Tera715 4 years ago from Panama City, Florida

Thank you for this recipe. I have been experimenting with my slow cooker recently and this is something that I am going to have to try!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Tera,

Slow cookers are the best! Hope you enjoy the recipe. Best, Steph


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I love crock pot recipes and this one using fresh rosemary sounds great! I actually have a rosemary plant growing near my patio and it's just begging to be used in this mouth watering recipe! Love your photographs, too! Thanks for sharing!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Stephanie - oh, definitely use your own fresh rosemary! Hope you really enjoy the roast. Best, Steph


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

You have beautiful tips here and I really enjoy your recipe. This was really healthy. I'll show this to my mom and I believe that she'll love this hub. Well done, Steph. I give my vote for you.

Blessing and hugs,


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Prasetio, I love sharing delicious recipes here on HubPages. I hope that your mother enjoys the rosemary roast ideas and also that you get to have dinner at her home! :-) Best to you as always, Steph


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Sounds great. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. I guess I'll bring my crockpot out this weekend and give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing, Steph. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Om,

So happy that I am inspiring you to use your crock pot this weekend! With fresh rosemary herbs, this roast cannot be beat. Let me know how it turns out for you. Best, Steph


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Artin2010 4 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Love crockpot food, very nice recipe. Mom used to make something similar and called it, Yankee POtroast, thanks Stephanie for sharing, hubon, new fan, Art


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Art,

Thanks for being my fan! I think that slow cooker/crock pot cooking is a must for creating delicious comfort food meals. Yankee Potroast - love that name! Best, Steph


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I'm making this today! Thanks for the recipe.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Deborah! Hope you enjoy. Let me know how the roast comes out. Cheers, Steph


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applejuic3 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

sounds quite delicious. will be putting this on my must-make list!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks applejuic3 - it is an easy, hearty meal to make. Best, Steph


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quester.ltd 4 years ago

use this basic recipe 2-3 times a month - the men all love it and I am not tied ot the kitchen all day!

Great hub - thanks

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks quester - slow cooker recipes are great for families, and nothing beats meat and potatoes for men! :) Cheers, Steph


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, Crockpots are standard kitchen equipment for me! I agree with about their attraction; aromas wafting from crockpots really add character to a kitchen.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe; it's so fortuitous that your grocery store visit timed fortuitiously with the demonstration of this recipe.

Parsnips are one of my favourite ingredients for a crockpot roast. And rosemary is exquisite.

Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards, Stessily


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Stessily! We use our crockpot at least once a month during fall and winter. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Best to you, Steph

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