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mashed potatoes with brown gravy
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5 from 16 votes

Classic Brown Gravy Recipe

No need for a packet, you can make mouthwatering brown gravy in about 15 minutes, and with NO pan drippings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy recipe, how to make gravy, no drippings gravy
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 112kcal


  • 1 1/3 cups beef broth reduced sodium
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth reduced sodium
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2-3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cold unsalted butter (optional)


  • Add beef broth, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper to a saucepan and heat over MED-HIGH heat. Bring to a boil.


  • In a small mixing bowl, add cold water and cornstarch and whisk together until smooth.
  • Pour cornstarch mixture into boiling broth mixture, whisking as you add it. Reduce heat to MED-LOW and simmer until gravy is thickened to your liking. Whisk often as it simmers to ensure the gravy stays smooth.


  • Taste and adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) if necessary.
  • Remove from heat and add cold butter, stirring until it melts into the gravy.
  • Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


Recipe makes approximately 2 cups of gravy, and can easily be doubled (or more) for larger gatherings.


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1527mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg