Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom Gravy

This mushroom gravy recipe is our go-to gravy recipe because it is both delicious and super easy to make you don’t need any turkey drippings to make it. Our recipe features assorted mushrooms, onion, garlic, broth, and red wine.

We love serving it with any vegetable side or with main dishes like this harvest grain bowl or this sous vide turkey!

Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy over mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Did you know that you can make gravy even when it’s not Thanksgiving? Well, IT’S TRUE! You can make homemade gravy any time throughout the year. Although gravy is a must on the Thanksgiving table, you can make gravy to accompany all of your favorite dishes.

I’ve made this exact recipe for the last couple of Thanksgiving and all of my guests absolutely adored it. The savory, umami flavor compliments any Thanksgiving recipe, turkey or not!

Ingredients for the mushroom gravy on a plate.
  • If you don’t have olive oil in the house, feel free to substitute the olive oil for butter or avocado oil.
  • We used an assortment of mushrooms for this vegan gravy recipe! Feel free to use what you have on hand. We recommend crimini, Bella, or portabella mushrooms. However, even dried mushrooms will work if you’re in a pinch.
  • Just be sure to soak your dried mushrooms in water for about an hour. Then, discard the excess liquid and use mushrooms as is for the recipe.
  • If you are out of onion, shallot, or garlic, feel free to add more of one of these three ingredients to replace the other. It will taste a bit different, but will ultimately taste delicious.
  • If you don’t have vegetable broth on hand, feel free to use a bouillon cube or mushroom broth.
  • If you don’t have tapioca flour, feel free to use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
Mushroom gravy cooking down in a dutch oven.


Can I add other vegetables to mushroom gravy?

Yes, you can add other vegetables to this mushroom gravy recipe! If you are planning on using a root vegetable (potato, carrot, parsnip, celery) in the mushroom gravy, be sure to cook them in olive oil before adding the onion, shallot, and garlic to the pot.

You want to make sure the vegetables cook down enough before cooking up the mushrooms. Adding other vegetables will also change the flavor of the gravy a bit, but would also be delicious.

Can you add meat drippings to mushroom gravy?

Yes, you can use meat drippings in mushroom gravy! It will no longer be vegetarian or vegan, but if you like the flavor of meat drippings in your gravy, substitute a portion of the broth that the recipe calls for, for the amount of meat drippings that you have!

Mushroom gravy in a pour jar.

We recommend storing mushroom gravy in the refrigerator for up to 7 days in an air-tight container.

Reheat refrigerated mushroom gravy in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop until warm.

If your gravy is frozen either allow to fully thaw before reheating on the stovetop, or reheat frozen gravy over low heat until thawed to avoid uneven reheating.

Mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes in a bowl.

There are so many options of main dishes and sides to serve with mushroom gravy!

If you are a carnivore, here are some dishes that would be great smothered in mushroom gravy!

Here are other vegetarian options you could serve this mushroom gravy over!

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups sliced assorted mushrooms bella, crimini, portabella, button, etc.
  • 1/2 medium white onion minced
  • 1/2 small shallot minced
  • 4 cloves garlic mashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt separated
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • herb bundle of rosemary thyme, and sage
  • 1.5 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium/high heat and add olive oil.

  • When the olive oil is fragrant, add the mushrooms and a 1/8 teaspoon of salt to the pot and turn heat down to medium heat.

  • Let the mushrooms cook for 7-9 minutes in order to sweat out their liquid, stirring occasionally.

  • Next, add white onion, shallot and garlic to the pot and let saute for 3-4 minutes.

  • After cooking the vegetables down, deglaze the pot with red wine and add vegetable broth, salt, pepper, and herb bundle to the pot.

  • Mix, and turn heat to high and bring to a boil.

  • Once boiling, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.

  • Once the mushroom gravy has reduced after 30 minutes, remove herb bundle and discard.

  • Then, add the tapioca flour to the gravy by slowly sprinkling into the pot while whisking consistently.

  • Once thickened, remove from heat and serve over vegetables or any protein.

  • To elevate this recipe even more (and if you’re a meat-eater), feel free to replace one cup of the vegetable broth with 1 cup of turkey drippings.

Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 1g Fat: 7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g

About Linley Hanson

Linley has played an important role in the success of Fit Foodie Finds over the last 10 years. She is an incredible home cook and has an amazing palate. She is the brain behind our recipes and has spent thousands of hours developing, testing, and perfecting the delicious meals you see here at Fit Foodie Finds.

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