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Slow Cooker Tender Pork in Red Sauce

Having surgery the day after Christmas is no fun, y’all. The kids were out of school for winter break and my husband had to work, so I was left at home to continue on as usual.  Except, things weren’t usual. I was in constant pain and the thought of even standing up made me hurt even more.

Thankfully there was a slow cooker in the cupboards. I’ve had one for as long as I can remember, but remembering to use it is a whole different story.  But since I wasn’t able to stand for long periods of time, I put all my trust in my handy dandy slow cooker to get meals on the table for my family.

Slow cooker tender pork in red sauce

And it paid off!  We’ve used the slow cooker more in the past two weeks than the whole time we’ve had it.  It really came in handy and did all of the cooking for me, which allowed me to do as the doctor ordered.  I’m starting to feel more like myself now, but I’ve grown to love the slow cooker and plan on using more and more.  So if you follow me on Pinterest and noticed me pinning an overload of slow cooker meals, it won’t be slowing down anytime soon so I’ll go ahead and apologize now and give you this Slow Cooker Tender Pork in Red Sauce recipe.

Slow Cooker Tender Pork in Red Sauce
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Put your slow cooker to work and enjoy tender pork in a delicious red sauce without the work.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6
  • 1 large jar tomato sauce
  • 1 medium sized pork loin
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1-2 large tomatoes, diced (I did not de-seed them, but you can if you prefer.)
  1. Before chopping, dicing and tossing in the crock, thoroughly wash your veggies. Once you have everything minced and diced, place garlic, onion and tomatoes in the crock pot with a jar of tomato sauce. Carefully place the pork loin in the crock making sure the entire piece of meat is covered with sauce. If needed, add part of another jar or a bit more liquid (water) to the crock.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on to low. The low heat and long cooking time will make the pork really tender and will easily break or pull part when done so there is no need to cut into small pieces. Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
  3. When ready, pull apart or shred with two forks. We leave it in the crock to do this, but you may take it out and do it on a cutting board if you prefer. Either way be careful not to burn yourself with hot sauce or the edges of the slow cooker. Turn off, remove lid and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving over pasta.

My husband is Italian and absolutely loves all things pasta.  So naturally, we eat the Slow Cooker Tender Pork in Red Sauce over pasta.  We like to use smaller noodles, but feel free to use any type of noodle you want. Personally, I like Orecchiette because it acts like a bowl and you get sauce with every single bite.

Slow cooker tender pork in red sauce

After cooking for so long, the pork literally just falls apart. And to think you really didn’t have to do any of the work. That’s the nice part.  With basketball starting up, then baseball, and all the other activities my children participate in, some nights I simply just don’t have time to cook. I love the ease of throwing ingredients into the slow cooker and letting it do all the rest of the work!

What is your go to meal on those hectic, busy nights?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    This looks delicious, I have never had pork with noodles before I bet this is really good!

  2. 2

    Pizza. 🙂 The slow cooker is a great tool for busy days/nights.

  3. 3

    This looks different. I bet my kids would eat this too!

  4. 4

    We don’t eat a lot of pork, but the pork we’ve had cooked in a slow cooker has been delicious. I am not good about using my slow cooker either. I hate how things stick to it and make it hard to clean, but maybe I need a new one?

    We usually make a pasta dish with ground beef for a quick meal.

  5. 5

    That looks fantastic.. and over orecchiette 🙂

  6. 6

    I love fixing pork in the slow cooker. It’s my favorite meat to prepare in it! this sounds delish!

  7. 7

    I’ve been looking for something to do with all the pork loin I have in the freezer.

  8. 8

    The slow cooker is my BFF! Pork that falls apart is the best. I like to make a larger loin and eat sandwiches the next day. Hope you are better mama!

  9. 9

    I’m starting to get better at using a slow cooker, so maybe I’ll try this. Thank you!

  10. 10

    I love using my slow cooker and include it at least once a week in my meal plans. This recipe looks outstanding and super easy as well!

  11. 11

    That looks delicious, Crystal! I’m glad the slow cooker has helped make things easier for you as you rest and recover too. I LOVE my slow cooker and use it a couple times a week!

  12. 12

    I use my slow cooker a lot – well actually my slow cookerS, I have three! I make a lot of soups in them. With the chilly weather we’ve been having in North Texas (boo, this northern transplant was ready for her first winter to be warm & sunny!), I’ve been using it A LOT since November!

  13. 13

    I’m don’t eat a lot of pork but this looks amazing! Yum!

  14. 14

    I am so glad you were able to find a way to make recovering at home a little easier. I love my crockpot and use it all the time. This meal looks delicious, and I am going to add it to my list of meals to try.

  15. 15

    I’m planning on using my slow cooker a lot in the next few weeks after I have my son. I hope you’re recovering well!

  16. 16

    This looks amazing! I would like to try it over some Orzo.

  17. 17

    I’ve never made my pork with a red sauce. I’ll have to try this. It looks great!

  18. 18

    I’m always up for anything that can be made in the Crock Pot!

  19. 19

    Looks easy to make and I know my daughter would love it.

  20. 20

    Adding to my slow cooker board. I’d use mine every day if I could!

  21. 21

    Looks great! I wish I had a slow cooker to try it!

  22. 22

    I’m so glad you’ve discovered the crock pot! It is my BEST friend all winter long. I also do pork with BBQ, or honey mustard just the way you did the red sauce 🙂 YUM

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