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Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary Potatoes

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An easy Italian-inspired recipe for savory, fall-apart pork braised in the slow cooker with potatoes, rosemary and tomatoes.

Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary Potatoes

If you’re a fan of all things low and slow, serving fork-tender, slow-cooked pork shoulder will make you and everyone you cook for really happy.

Make this savory, hearty dish in an electric slow cooker, using simple ingredients including pork shoulder, potatoes, fresh herbs and tomatoes.

It’s a dish that defines what I think is the magic of a slow cooker — transforming a handful of ingredients into something delectable. Plus it leaves you hands-free and your house smelling amazing!

When we start craving more soul-satisfying, cozy cooking during fall and winter, it’s hard to top the convenience of using a slow-cooker for braising meat or making delicious stews and chilis, leaving you the freedom to get on with other things in your day.

Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary Potatoes

I’ve only recently jumped back on the slow-cooker train.

The last time my family moved from one state to another, I had to do a big purge of the kitchen and my old slow-cooker didn’t come along.

Since then, I’ve relied on sturdy Dutch ovens to braise and slow-cook hearty cuts of meat like beef short ribs and pork shoulder.

Nothing beats the convenience of an electric slow cooker, but I was surprised at how easily my newest one a Calphalon Precision Control™ Slow Cooker won me over.

Italian Slow Cooker Pork with Rosemary Potatoes

First of all, because a slow cooker basically takes up prime real estate on the kitchen counter, it’s important that it looks good, don’t you agree?

Let’s face it — if you’re going to keep yet one more appliance on the kitchen counter, it better have what the Italians call La Bella Figura, which roughly translates as “looking mighty fine.”

Plus the interior pot on this model is oven safe, making it a breeze to reheat food or sear ingredients in the oven right in the pot.

It’s annoying when a slow-cooker recipe calls for browning or sauteeing on the stovetop before proceeding to slow-cooking, when the whole point of a slow-cooker is to make the process less cumbersome.

Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary Potatoes

But since browning foods before slow cooking creates deep, layered flavors,  I think it’s totally worth the extra step. The ability to do so in one pot makes it so much easier.

Like all hearty braised dishes, this pork tastes even better one or two days later.

Serve with a simple salad and don’t forget crusty bread to soak up all the tasty sauce!

This post was created in partnership with Target and Calphalon. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep Familystyle Food cooking!

Italian Slow Cooker Pork with Rosemary Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Shoulder with Rosemary Potatoes

Karen Tedesco
A simple Italian-inspired recipe for savory, tender pork braised in the slow cooker with potatoes, rosemary and tomatoes.
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4.78 from 36 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Meat
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2 equal pieces
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • Season the pork evenly with the salt.
  • Heat your slow cooker insert over medium-high heat on the stovetop for 1 minute. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Sear the pork in two batches until browned on all sides. If your pot isn't stove-top safe, use a large skillet to sear the meat. Transfer the browned meat to your slow cooker.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except the parsley, nestling the potatoes in and around the pork. Cover and cook on low 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Transfer the pork to a cutting board and slice into bite size-chunks. Add to a serving dish with the potatoes and vegetables.
  • Skim the fat from the juices in the pot with a spoon or fat separator and pour over the pork. Sprinkle with the rosemary and parsley and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 1072mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This is definitely a make again recipe. Everyone loved it.