Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

This vegetarian mushroom gravy is flavorful, easy to make, and perfect for any meal! You don’t have to sacrifice gravy if you don’t eat meat, this vegetarian mushroom gravy will do the trick!

What do you pour gravy on? Everything! We love this vegetarian mushroom gravy with our healthy mashed potatoes or root vegetables.

Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy over mashed potatoes in a bowl

Gravy for Everyone (Even Vegetarians!)

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 favorites dishes.

This vegetarian mushroom gravy goes well with any vegetable side or with main dishes like this harvest grain bowl or this sous vide turkey!

Whether you are a meat-eater or not, the vegetarian mushroom gravy won’t leave you disappointed!

Ingredients for the mushroom gravy on a plate

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients

What makes a gravy, gravy? Some gravy is made from drippings of a turkey or chicken, but the base of this vegetarian mushroom gravy is made with a vegetable broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and more. Then, it is thickened with tapioca flour.

Here is everything you’ll need to make for this vegetarian gravy as well as some substitution options if you don’t have everything you need!

Olive Oil- The olive oil in this dish adds a deliciously deep and complex flavor. Cooking all the vegetables and aromatics in olive oil will create a great base for this mushroom gravy. If you don’t have olive oil in the house, feel free to substitute the olive oil for butter or avocado oil.

Mushrooms- Obviously, mushrooms are the star of the show for this vegetarian mushroom gravy. It has a delicious umami flavor that will leave you scraping your bowl for every last drop.

We used an assortment of mushrooms for this gravy! 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 access liquid and use mushrooms as is for the recipe!

Onion + Shallot + Garlic- These delicious vegetables are a great flavor base for the vegetarian mushroom gravy! Be sure that you cook the onion, shallot, and garlic down enough. It’s even ok to create a fond at the bottom of your pot (the little brown bits at the bottom of the pot), it leaves great flavor!

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!

Red Wine- The red wine is in this mushroom gravy serves as a delicious de-glazer of your pot and adds another level of flavor to the gravy!

Vegetable Broth- We use broth rather than water in this recipe because it adds a bit more flavor and depth. If you don’t have vegetable broth on hand, feel free to use a bouillon cube or mushroom broth!

Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage- The herb bundle in this gravy adds the earthy and traditional gravy flavor that you’d expect in any gravy! Be sure to tie the bundle rather than just throwing the herbs loosely into the gravy. This will ensure you won’t have rouge herb stems on the loose!

Tapioca Flour- We used tapioca flour to thicken up the herb bundle. We like that tapioca flour doesn’t leave any after taste as well as it is gluten-free! If you don’t have tapioca flour, feel free to use corn starch or arrowroot powder.

Mushroom gravy cooking down in a dutch oven

Mushroom Gravy Q & A

Can I add other vegetables to mushroom gravy?

Yes, you can add other vegetables to mushroom gravy! 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!

How do you store mushroom gravy?

We recommend storing mushroom gravy in the refrigerator for up to 7 days in an airtight container!

What can you serve with mushroom gravy?

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!

Can you use meat drippings in mushroom gravy?

Yes, you can use meat drippings in mushroom gravy! It will no longer be vegetarian, 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 Mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes in a bowl

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Recipe

Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

This vegetarian mushroom gravy is flavorful, easy to make, and perfect for any meal! You don’t have to sacrifice gravy if you don’t eat meat, this vegetarian mushroom gravy will do the trick!

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 8 1x
Category: Sauce
Method: Stove-top
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium/high heat and add olive oil.
  2. 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.
  3. Let the mushrooms cook for 7-9 minutes in order to sweat out their liquid, stirring occasionally.
  4. Next, add white onion, shallot and garlic to the pot and let saute for 3-4 minutes.
  5. After cooking the vegetables down, deglaze the pot with red wine and add vegetable broth, salt, pepper, and herb bundle to the pot.
  6. Mix, and turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  8. Once the mushroom gravy has reduced after 30 minutes, remove herb bundle and discard.
  9. Then, add the tapioca flour to the gravy by slowly sprinkling into the pot while whisking consistently.
  10. Once thickened, remove from heat and serve over vegetables or any protein.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 2
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
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