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Crockpot French Onion Roast and Gravy

french onion pork roast and gravySince my Christmas post about Ranch Roast was such a hit and one of my most popular posts in December, I am going to now share my other favorite roast recipe – French Onion. Just like the Ranch Roast this one is super easy to  make and doesn’t require a lot of prep or ingredients.

This one can be done in a crockpot. Cooked on low it will take about 6 hours. If you don’t have a crockpot you can also put the roast in a roaster pan and slow cook in the oven for some roasted slow cooked pork.

For these recipes it does not matter if you use a beef roast or a pork roast. That choice is yours. For my Ranch Roast I ended up using a butt roast because that is what was on sale. I buy the cheap cuts of meat because we are on a limited grocery budget. For this particular  French Onion roast I a bone in giant port chop that hadn’t been cut into slices. It was $3. Can’t beat that.

I put a cup of water in the bottom of my crockpot. Then I put in the roast. Once I had the roast in place I added the dry ingredients and the secret weapon.

Dry French Onion soup mix. That’s it. That’s my secret.

french onion mix pork roast

Then I added some pepper but skipped the salt because the dry mix has enough salt in it for my taste buds. Then I added a little bit of parsley because my husband thinks everything tastes better with a little parsley in it.

I cooked it on low for about 6 hours. Every few hours I would flip it over and make sure to splash some of the water juice mixture on it.

When it is all done I take it out of the crockpot and slice it. I

frech onion pork roast plated

To make the gravy I take a small strainer and place it over a small saucepan. I pour the drippings from the crockpot into the strainer and let the liquid slide through. I toss the fat that fell off, the few dried onions that didn’t pass through and whatever else got left behind. Then I add 1 TBSP corn starch (you can use whatever thickener you prefer) to 1 super hot cup of water and mix well. I bring my drippings to a boils and then slowly whisk in the cornstarch water mixture until the drippings slowly thicken to form gravy. At this point you can add salt if you need it.

french onion pork roast bone in

If you like you can cook potatoes or radish in your crockpot or roaster pan. We ended up making mashed potatoes to go with the gravy and we paired it with some peas.

french onion pork roast mashed potatoes gravy peas

Are you a crockpot fan? What are some of your favorite meals? 

French Onion Roast Gravy

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.75 from 16 votes


  • Drippings from one cooked roast
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or other thickener


  • Pour the meat drippings from the container through a strainer into a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • While waiting for drippings to boil add cornstarch to very hot water an mix with a fork.
  • Once drippings come to a boil use a whisk to slowly whisk in the water and cornstarch.
  • Turn down the heat and keep whisking until everything is well blended.
  • If gravy is not thick enough add more cornstarch and water.
  • If it becomes too thick add water or beef stock.

Crockpot French Onion Roast and Gravy

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.75 from 16 votes


  • 1 roast
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 packet of dry French Onion soup mix
  • Pepper
  • Parsley optional
  • Salt optional


  • Add 1 cup water to crockpot.
  • Place the roast in the water.
  • Sprinkle pepper on top of the roast.
  • Add 2 more cups of water.
  • Sprinkle dry onion soup mix on top of the roast.
  • Sprinkle the parsley on top of the roast.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or until your meat thermometer registers it as done.
  • Different size roasts will require different cook times.



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  1. Because I am a recipe/ roast/ crockpot fanatic I KNOW I will love both of these!! I love that it is so simple yet looks so good and hard to do!!! We do a big Sunday dinner so I am excited to do both of these on our limited budget!! And thanks for sharing about the gravy, because I wondered as I read and drooled! Lol!! I can’t rate it yet but trust me I will be back to do so!!

    1. They really are worth the investment. The best part is, you can get any brand to work just as good as Crockpot. I really enjoy the idea of while I am making breakfast I can add some ingredients to the crockpot and then by dinner time I have dinner already made. It really is a time saver I should invest more time in using 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I do not have crockpot, because so far I haven´t really needed one. These recipes do sound delicious and I will have to try them (without crockpot :P)

    1. I never really thought I needed one either, but there are so many recipes that taste better in the crockpot, and there are those made just for slow cooking. I can make quite a bit in a giant roaster pan in the oven and slow cook all day, but I never felt safe to really leave the oven on while I was away. Now that I work from home thats not really a problem, but the crockpot does save energy, time, and money.

  3. I love slow cooker recipes and use them often and onion soup mixes have always been my friend! Your french onion roast looks so moist and delicious. I know it tastes flavorful as well. And the gravy sounds amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Stopping by from the commentathon and I’m so glad I did!

  4. We love roast at our house! Heck, most of the time I get it on sale for cheaper than hamburger. I’m going to make this and use my homemade onion soup mix to do it. It sounds really yummy!

  5. Yummy, yummy! I love a good Sunday roast! Looks very delicious and I love the simplicity. Just throw a few ingredients and wait for the goods! Thanks and I love the plate you chose. Beautiful! Keep it up. 🙂

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Those were my great grandmothers plates and then my grandmother had them. My aunt gave them to me last year because she knew I would appreciate them the best. My mother gave me a all red set that was my grandmothers so we have a variety of nice plates.

    1. If you eat beef you could use a beef roast or if you eat chicken you can use the same recipe for a cooking a chicken or at least the parts of the chicken you like. 🙂

  6. 4 stars
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! I am totally in love with my crock pot and all of it’s wonders! I am going to rock out this recipe for my family and I before the winter is over!

  7. This does sound amazingly tasty. I will probably try this, but I will look for a homemade french onion mix if possible. But, in a pinch, this would be a quick and easy meal!

    1. Homemade french onion mix is super easy. It’s basically beef broth with onions. If you prefer a dry mix you can dry roast the onions and use a reduced sodium beef flavored soup starter and mix them in small size ziplock type bag. I do believe you can buy dried onions too. Because I don’t use a lot of dry mix I try not to worry too much about the ‘processed’ aspect of it.

  8. 5 stars
    Yum Yum! 🙂 This recipe is full of goodness and LOVE! 🙂 I’ll try this for our family lunch on Sunday. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  9. I don’t cook roasts, and reading this, I’m really not sure why. This looks delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing. The crock pot is a perfect place to slow cook it too.

    1. I never really did either until the last year or two when I was trying to find some family meals for Sunday dinners. I remembered my mom used to make them all the time, then turn the leftovers into stew.

  10. Chrystal, this looks delicious. My crockpot is on the same par as my coffee maker. LOL. It offers freedom and good food every time I bring it out. Love my crockpot!

    1. I think I need to create a crockpot challenge for myself. Perhaps a months worth of crockpot posts, that way I will break out of my mold of creating the same recipes and try some new ones!

  11. This looks and sounds wonderful. I will definitely try it. I was just going through a bunch of crock pot recipes today. I need to add this one to it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new crockpot recipes, so definitely going to have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing! Going back to check out some of your other recipes now 🙂

    1. Oh, thank you so much! Saving money is the best thing for all of us, right? And feeding our family a good meal in the process is a real win-win! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it.

  13. Roasts are one of my “go-to” meals but you’ve made a few good suggestions I will incorporate. I will try to save this link to post the outcome in the comments. 🙂

    1. StumbleUpon is a good way to bookmark blog links if you don’t want to create an actual bookmark on your browser! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.

  14. This looks absolutely delicious! I love crockpot recipes and am always looking for new ones to try out. I’ll have to try this out over the weekend, I’m sure my family will love it!

  15. 5 stars
    I love to bust out the ole slow cooker and let the house just fill with yummy smells. I will have to give this one a try, especially since it is raining here in northern california. Slow cookers are great for the rain 🙂

  16. 5 stars
    What a great site. Thanks for using your gifts to make a difference in the homes of so many. This looks absolutely delicious and sounds awesome. As a kid roasts were my favorite meal. Thank you for the detailed instructions and the pictures to go along with the steps, very thorough. Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you! As for a no MSG french onion soup mix you could possibly make a dry/wet combo mix yourself for the crockpot. I would think a place like Amazon would have some too. My next guess would be your local health and natural food store.

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