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Truly the best mushroom gravy recipe! It’s super easy, vegan-adaptable & gluten-free adaptable, and soooooooooo full of flavor, depth and complexity with the addition of miso! Use this on mashed potatoes, walnut loaf, biscuits, turkey or stuffing! 

Truly the best mushroom gravy recipe! It's super easy, vegan-adaptable & gluten-free adaptable, and soooooooooo full of flavor, depth and complexity with the addition of miso! Use this on mashed potatoes, turkey or stuffing! 

Hey friends! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I’d share a yummy, easy, recipe for Mushroom Gravy.  It’s naturally vegetarian but can easily be made vegan and/or gluten-free. The best part? You can make this in 20 minutes. Your mashed potatoes will love you!

What I like about the recipe is its flavorful depth! Miso adds lovely complexity and umami flavor – and pairs so well with mushrooms. If going gluten-free, there is an option to leave it out.

Serve it over creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes, turkey or stuffing!

Saute the onions and mushrooms over medium high heat

How to make Mushroom Gravy (in a nutshell)

  1. Saute mushrooms and shallot in butter or olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and thyme, saute 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and cook (or GF flour) stirring to combine, cooking the flour 2 minutes, letting it brown.
  4. Add hot vegetable stock whisking and scraping up all those flavorful browned bits. (Feel free to deglaze with white wine first!) Of course, you can use beef stock or beef broth for even more depth if not going plant-based.
  5. Simmer gently on med-low until reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes stirring often.
  6. Season with  salt and pepper

 

onions, mushrooms and garlic in a pan

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients:

  • veggie broth or stock (or feel free to use beef, mushroom or chicken)
  • miso paste (to add depth!)
  • butter (or olive oil or vegan butter!)
  • mushrooms (creminis, shiitakes, portobellos, morels) about 3-4 cups
  • shallot
  •  garlic
  •  fresh thyme leaves (optional, sub 1 teaspoon dried)
  • flour or GF flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

What type of mushrooms to use in mushroom gravy?

  • cremini
  • portobellos
  • shiitakes
  • morels
  • porcini
  • chanterelles
  • white button mushrooms

 

Today I just went with basic cremini mushrooms, sliced thin.

add the flour and cook, stirring it in

Add flour (or GF flour) and stir and cook this for a few minutes in the pan. Cooking the flour is an essential step to making this flavorful!

cook the flour 1-2 minutes

Then add veggie broth, water and miso.

add the broth to the pan

Bring this to a simmer, and let reduce until thickened, about 5 minutes. This can be made ahead and reheated. Loosen with a splash of water.

Truly the best mushroom gravy recipe! It's super easy, vegan-adaptable & gluten-free adaptable, and soooooooooo full of flavor, depth and complexity with the addition of miso! Use this on mashed potatoes, turkey or stuffing! 

What to serve with Mushroom Gravy?

And that is it!  Delicious, easy Mushroom Gravy that can be made in  20 minutes!

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A simple recipe for Mushroom Gravy! Delicious and Flavorful with depth and complexity, use this on mashed potatoes, biscuits or stuffing. Vegan and GF adaptable!

Mushroom Gravy


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Truly the best mushroom gravy recipe! It’s super easy, vegan-adaptable & gluten-free adaptable, and soooooooooo full of flavor, depth and complexity with the addition of miso! Use this on mashed potatoes, turkey or stuffing!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups veggie broth or stock (or feel free to use beef, mushroom or chicken)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste (see notes for substitution)
  • —–
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter!)
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced (creminis, shiitakes, portobellos, morels) about 3-4 cups
  • 1 shallot, finely diced (or half an onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (optional, sub 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoons flour or GF flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Place broth and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer, then stir in miso until disolved.

At the same time, heat butter ( or oil)  in a large skillet and saute mushrooms and shallot over med-high heat. Saute 7-8 minutes, lowering heat if necessary, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have fully released their liquid and all this liquid has cooked off.

Lower heat to medium, add garlic and thyme, saute 2 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour over top and stir to combine, cooking and stirring the flour 2 minutes, letting it brown a bit. Here is where the flavor is!

Add 1/2 of the hot broth, whisking and scraping all those flavorful browned-bits. When incorporated, add the remaining broth, stirring to combine Simmer gently on med-low until reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.  Taste for salt, adding some if needed along with pepper.


Notes

If using bouillon cubes (to make broth) go lighter than it says on the package. For example, instead of two cubes for two cups water, use 1 cube for 2 cups water.

If wanting to leave the miso out, replace it and the water with another cup of broth. Or use a tablespoon of soy sauce, or GF alternatives like Braggs or Coconut Aminos

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Sodium: 144.5 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.3 mg

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  1. Still one of your very best recipes, Sylvia. Have made it countless times, always a winner! The miso’s umami richness is simply genius.
    Particularly yummy with chicken breasts sliced thickly crossways and poached in the liquid – pop them in and bring to a simmer then switch off with a lid to keep the warmth in for 10-20 minutes. Juicy and divine!!

  2. This delicious gravy was a big hit at Thanksgiving! I had made extra, so my husband and I used it as a pasta sauce! OH YES! Please try it on pasta! Yum!

  3. This gravy was amazing. I used chicken broth and miso and lots and lots of mushrooms and it was the star of the show last night. Easy and delicious. Thank you!

  4. The best vegan mushroom gravy I have tasted. Very hearty with the perfect balance of garlic and thyme. Because I did not want too much sodium in the recipe I made it with the additional broth instead of the miso.

  5. This recipe is just delicious! Even though I cook for only two people, this gravy is so scrumptious that I always make a triple batch to serve over mashed cauliflower and potatoes. While this amount takes quite a bit of time to reduce, it’s soooo worth it! Thanks so much for another clearly written, easy to follow, and tasty recipe!

  6. This is the only gravy recipe that I will make. It’s our thanksgiving go-to. Since I found it, this is my favorite dish on thanksgiving. Thank you for this spectacularness.

  7. Delicious! The umami far outweighs the effort! Perfect for a tempeh “country” loaf.
    One add – nutritional yeast fit as a supporting flavor and always a healthy addition.
    Love what you did with your site – the filters are BRILLIANT! Thank you for all you do for us!

Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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