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Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Hello again!  It’s Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later!  I am so excited to be here today to share one of our favorite Sunday Suppers.  Growing up, Sunday’s were always special since it’s the one day of the week where we attended church and got to relax from all the stresses that life brings.  My mom always made a nice Sunday dinner that we would enjoy once church was over.  It’s probably one of my favorite memories as a child.  The best memories happen while gathered around the dinner table!

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Now that I am a wife and mother myself, I am trying to keep with that tradition of a wonderful Sunday meal.  You think I would be good at it, seeing as how I am a culinary graduate, but I get lazy with my cooking and our kids don’t eat a lot since they are young still, so it’s hard to go all out when it’s basically you and your spouse eating a 3lb pork roast to yourselves.  Nevertheless, I still try and have a really fancy Sunday Supper at least once a month.

This pork is incredibly savory and full of flavor by itself.  The rub recipe is actually from a really old cookbook of my mom’s.  We have made it at least 3 times since she gave the recipe to us.  I have added on the pan gravy recipe which really tops it off.  It doesn’t necessarily need the gravy unless it gets overcooked and dries out a bit, but I love a creamy gravy!  The last time we made this pork we just had some lingonberries with it and that was also delicious!  You have got to try this for dinner soon!

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Is Pork White Meat?

Pork is classified as red meat, even though when it is cooked, it is lighter than most red meat.

Which Pork Roast is the Most Tender?

The loin, the area between the shoulder and back legs is the leanest, most tender part of the animal. Pork loin roasts and tenderloin roasts are cut from this area.

Can You Eat Pork Roast That Is Pink?

Pork that has been cooked to 145 degrees is safe to eat. A cut of pork may still look pink when it reaches 145 degrees and that, is OK.

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Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

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Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
This pork is incredibly savory and full of flavor by itself, but I love a creamy gravy!


Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

  • 3 lbs pork roast sirloin, or tenderloin (we usually do the sirloin or tenderloin)
  • 1-2 tsp salt depending on salt tolerance
  • 2 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • tsp dried oregano leaves
  • tsp dried thyme leaves
  • tsp ground sage
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cold water

Sweet Potatoes or yams

  • 4 small/medium sweet potatoes or yams
  • 2 small/medium apples we like to use a sweet apple like braeburn, fuji, or gala
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pure olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter optional


  • Combine the salt, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, black pepper and nutmeg.
  • Rub onto all sides of the pork roast.
  • Place the seasoned pork in a lightly greased baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake low and slow at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the pork roast from the pan and place it onto a cutting board.
  • Cover the pork with the foil and allow it to rest before slicing.
  • Make the pan gravy while the roast rests.
  • Place the pan that held the roast, including any drippings or liquid from the pork (there wasn't much liquid from our roast), on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken broth to deglaze the pan (lift up the bits of flavor that got baked onto the pan) then add the heavy cream and wait for the mixture to reach a boil.
  • In a small dish, combine the cornstarch and cold water to make a slurry.
  • Add the slurry to the gravy once it's reached a full rolling boil.
  • Whisk briskly until it thickens (should happen fairly quickly.) *It's important for the cornstarch slurry to be cold so when it hits the boiling gravy it creates the chemical reaction needed for the gravy to thicken.
  • Turn off the heat and pour the pan gravy into a gravy dish.
  • Slice pork and serve it with the pan gravy.

Sweet Potatoes or yams Instructions

  • Peel the sweet potatoes and apples.
  • Core the apples and cut both the apples and sweet potatoes into small 1" cubes.
  • Place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the olive oil, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss the mixture so everything is evenly coated.
  • Pour the seasoned sweet potato and apple cubes into a lightly greased 9x13" baking dish.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake at 300*F for 2-3 hours or at 350*F for 35-45 minutes or until tender.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the sweet potato mixture until desired texture is achieved.
  • Add butter, optional.
  • The mixture should be moist since the foil trapped in the steam.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.


Recipe from: Amber at Dessert Now Dinner Later
left overs can be covered and kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days
Nutrition Facts
Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 735
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 204.1mg68%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 6.4g27%
Sugar 7.4g8%
Protein 47.8g96%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

A Sunday meal isn’t a meal without a flavorful side dish, so I am also including this AMAZING Sweet Potato & Apple Mash recipe that we had over Christmas and absolutely loved.  You can totally roast the veggies in the same pan as the pork if you have a big roaster.  I don’t have one yet, so I used separate pans for the pork and potatoes.  Enjoy!

Savory Pork Roast with Pan Gravy

Recipe lightly altered from Mix it Up

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  • i made this and it was absolutely amazing the flavor was fabulous! I haven’t found a recipe like it and I have tried a lot! The pork literally just fell apart! by far my favorite meal I have ever made!

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    • Breanna! I am so glad you loved it! Thank you so much for coming back to share your review!

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  • Oh my, what a perfect meal 🙂 we love pork roast at my house!

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  • Now I am craving Sunday dinner in the worst way! This looks amazing!

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  • This looks divine!!! Love making a good pork roast. Pinning to try this recipe in the next few weeks!

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    • Hope you love it! She did such an awesome job on this one!

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  • This looks amazing. The pictures are beautiful. Will look at this for a Sunday meal!! Thanks lady!

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    • We hope you enjoy it Sandra!

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  • Thanks for guest posting such and awesome recipe!

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  • Looks great Amber! The perfect Sunday meal!

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    • Thanks Nicole! It definitely is a favorite Sunday Supper!

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  • This is Sunday dinner at its finest! It looks amazing!

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    • Thanks Alli! You will have to try it! Pretty much amazing indeed!

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    • Amber totally did an awesome job!

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  • Mmm Amber, that pork looks so absolutely amazing! I’m with you, I love gravy on top of things even if they don’t need it! I can’t wait to try this out for a special Sunday dinner!

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    • You will love this gravy! Pan gravies are the best!

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  • This looks so yummy. I also love to do a traditional Sunday dinner with the family. It’s a great time to all get together and discuss the week…with a mouth/belly full of good food!

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    • That’s exactly why I love Sunday dinner! Thanks Vanessa!

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  • I love that this post contains the full recipe – with the side dish!
    It looks totally elegant but still simple and easy, my favorite kind of meal! Thanks for sharing this one Amber!

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    • Thanks Taylor! It’s definitely a two-for-one recipe post today! Can’t make the dinner without the perfect side dish!

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