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Roasted Pork Loin Dinner

Updated on January 15, 2016
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.

Apple Sauce

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.



Roast beef with a side salad
Roast beef with a side salad | Source

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Here is a delicious recipe for a round outside beef or bottom bottom round roast recipe. Cooked really slow in a tomato based sauce that makes the meat moist, juicy and tender.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gina, I cooked it at 325F.

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      gina 2 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Shinichi Mine 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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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Smilejuscause!

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      Smilejuscause 3 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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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks TotalHealth, and I hope you enjoy the dinner.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Sharon Smith 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      KKG, Thanks so much.

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      Susan Haze 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Simple yet mouth watering. Even I could cook that.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      alekhouse, Thank you, and hope you enjoy.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 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 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      marellen 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Flora, It's really easy to make :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, We like pork here too. Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cloverleaf, Thank you :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      drbj and sherry 5 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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      Stephanie Hicks 5 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 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pamela, Thanks so much.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Carolee Samuda 5 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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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Lizam1 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      savanahl 5 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 5 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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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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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      Kelly Umphenour 5 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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