Mushroom Gravy

This mushroom gravy is simple, quick and delicious. You can use any type of edible mushroom. Add your favorite seasonings, adjusting the flavor to your liking. If you don’t love the texture of worries! Just blend the finished gravy for a creamy texture and richer flavor.

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2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil; or other oil)
  seasonings of choice (fennel, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, chives, black pepper)
1 onion (finely chopped)
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 cup mushrooms (finely chopped; can omit if making sausage gravy or using meat drippings)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce; or drippings from meat roast)
2 tablespoons starch (flour, corn starch, potato starch, or arrowroot powder)
2 cups broth (vegetable broth or other type)
1⁄2 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)
  salt (to taste)
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add oil or butter.
  3. Add seasonings to the oil to lightly toast for 30 seconds.
  4. Add onion and garlic and cook to soften.
  5. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for a couple minutes.
  6. Add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or meat drippings and use a spoon to scrape off any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  7. To this, add the starch of choice and mix to coat the onions and mushrooms, cooking for another minute or two.
  8. Add broth to the pan, stirring the bottom to loosen any browned bits.
  9. Add the milk or cream, and stir to combine.
  10. If you’d like a smooth gravy, pulse this mixture in a blender until desired consistency, or use an immersion blender.
  11. Serve the gravy warm with mashed potatoes or biscuits and a side vegetable.



  • For a sausage gravy, brown the sausage along with the garlic and onions. 
  • For a classic gravy, leave out the mushrooms, and instead add in meat drippings from a roast into the gravy in addition to the broth.
  • For gluten-free gravy, use a gluten free flour or starch instead of all-purpose flour.
  • For a dairy free gravy, use a milk alternative such as cashew milk or coconut milk (make sure it is unsweetened).

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