Pot Roast with Leeks & Winter Squash

A slow-and-low cooking method ensures this extra-lean roast cooks up tender and moist, while a mix of exotic spices imparts a satisfying flavor profile.

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Slow cooker pot roast recipe
Slow cooker pot roast recipe

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A slow-and-low cooking method ensures this extra-lean roast cooks up perfectly tender and moist, while a warm mix of exotic spices and fruity pomegranate imparts a satisfying flavor profile. Customize your meal by substituting the veggies called for here with whatever winter squash or root vegetables you have on hand, such as carrots, parsnips or even cooking pumpkins like the Cinderella, Baby Bear or Sugar Pie varieties.

Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
480 min
510 min


  • 1 1/2 lb peeled, seeded and diced
 butternut squash
  • 1 lb peeled, trimmed and diced rutabaga
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 tsp ras el hanout (Moroccan 
spice blend)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp
  • pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 1/2-lb choice bottom round or beef eye of round roast, trimmed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  1. In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, add squash and rutabaga and scatter leeks over top. Add 1 cup water.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ras el hanout, pomegranate molasses, oil and garlic; mix to form a paste. Rub mixture over entire roast. Transfer roast to slow cooker and top with thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Transfer roast to a cutting board, tent loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain and divide among plates. Spoon squash mixture onto plates, dividing evenly. If desired, drizzle with any accumulated pan juices from slow cooker and sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 oz roast and 1 cup squash mixture
  • Calories 363
  • Carbohydrate Content 26 g
  • Cholesterol Content 117 mg
  • Fat Content 4.5 g
  • Fiber Content 5 g
  • Protein Content 42 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 0 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g