One-Dish Family Favorites

Making home-cooked meals is something that I really enjoy doing- when I have the time! Time is in short supply for many moms like me who find themselves working every day and then chauffeuring kids to various activities every night.

That’s why I try to make meals ahead of time, freeze them and save “prep time” during the busy week. Other times I make casseroles (one-dish meals) in the morning, so I can simply pop them in the oven at the end of the day. I also love crock-pot recipes. In fact, that’s the only way I’ve ever cooked a roast! Roast Pork with Raspberry Sauce tastes “gourmet” but can easily be served on a weeknight.

Here is the recipe for one of our family favorites Roast Pork with Raspberry Sauce.  Fast AND easy to make.  Do you have great one-dish favorites of your own?  Post them in the comment box below or email them to and we will post it for you!

Roast Pork with Raspberry Sauce



  • 1 3-4lb. boneless pork loin roast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 12 oz. package frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle roast with salt, pepper and sage.
  3. Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 155 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile, drain raspberries; reserve liquid, adding water if necessary, to make 3/4 cup. Combine 1/2 cup raspberry liquid with sugar, vinegar, cloves, ginger and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  6. Blend cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup liquid; add to saucepan.
  7. Cook over medium heat; stirring constantly, 1 minute or until thickened.
  8. Stir in raspberries, lemon juice, butter and food coloring.
  9. Place roast on a platter; serve with sauce.


Makes 10 servings.
Photo by Taste of Home