The best vegetarian gravy recipe with mushrooms, garlic, and onion. So packed full of flavor and simple to make, everyone will love it! A must have on your Thanksgiving table.
How to make vegetarian gravy
First, add the butter to a sauce pan and melt over medium heat.
If you want to make this gravy dairy free, simply use a vegan butter such as Earth Balance (my favorite).
Add in the baby bella mushrooms, minced garlic and diced onion.
Cook mixture over medium heat until mushrooms cook down and onions are soft.
It should look like the picture below once cooked.
Remove mushroom mixture from pan and place in blender with 1 cup of vegetable broth.
I use my magic bullet for this, as the cleanup is less than a full sized blender, but any blender will do!
Watch the video of this recipe for a visual tutorial.
Blending up the mushrooms
Blend it all up until a thick sauce forms.
This is going to make the gravy super smooth, while getting tons of flavor!
Set aside and keep cooking.
Making a Roux for Vegetarian Gravy
Melt the remaining of butter in the sauce pan over medium heat.
Add flour and whisk for 1 minute constantly.
Be sure not to burn the butter flour mixture.
Tips for making gluten free gravy
For a gluten free gravy, simply substitute the flour for cornstarch.
The gravy will be thicker overall, but the taste will be practically the same!
Last year I made one batch of regular gravy and one batch gluten free for my gluten free guest.
Be sure to whisk well to avoid burning.
Next, pour in the remaining vegetable broth and the tamari and keep stirring.
Add the blended mushroom mixture and continue to stir the pan on medium heat.
Continue whisking for 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
It will thicken up a lot in those ten minutes.
Soon it will be able to coat the back of a spoon.
That is a good way to tell if it has gotten thick enough yet!
Add sage and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy!
I do not joke when I say I hated gravy growing up.
This vegetarian gravy is LIFE CHANGING my friends.
Last year was my first year hosting my own Thanksgiving and I look forward to many more years!
I served all meat eaters and they all loved every recipe I made.
No Thanksgiving table is complete without gravy and this vegetarian gravy is the BEST gravy that I have ever made or tasted.
If you’ve ever had runny flavorless gravy, you feel me.
I didn’t always love gravy growing up and could really take it or leave it.
Now that I make this recipe, it is an absolute Thanksgiving necessity!
“I was a little skeptical on this because so many recipes say they are the best and they turn out to be just okay. Well, I just made this for my thanksgiving meal and it is seriously the BEST gravy I have ever had. Going to use this every year. It is so good. Thank you for posting this, I am so happy I found this recipe!” – Alex
I never was one much for gravy before I started making it myself.
A good gravy is an absolute necessity at Thanksgiving, so I don’t settle for anything less than amazing.
This vegetarian gravy definitely delivered!
It’s the star of the show and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this gravy.
This also reheats well, so I always make it the day before Thanksgiving then simply reheat it once dinner is almost ready.
Every thing I can prep before the big day helps!
“This gravy is amazing!! My daughter recently became a vegetarian so I am trialing some new recipes for Thanksgiving. I used from-scratch veggie broth and followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! I will have both regular turkey gravy and this one on Thanksgiving and I will be eating this one!” – Jen
Make this for your Thanksgiving table this year and watch as everyone fights over it.
Added bonus: it’s super easy to make if you want to test it out before the big day.
This will be my go to gravy recipe from now on!
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
Looking for more delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes?
Be sure to read our post on 17 best vegetarian thanksgiving recipes which includes all of our tips and tricks for making this the best vegetarian Thanksgiving yet!
Here are some to add to your menu!
- Easy Vegan Stuffing
- Cranberry Blueberry Crisp
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- 3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Best Skillet Corn Recipe
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
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Vegetarian Gravy Recipe
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
- 3 teaspoons tamari
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
- In a sauce pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter
- Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms and sautee for 8-10 minutes, or until it cooks down
- Remove mixture from pan and place in blender
- Blend mushroom mixture with 1 cup of vegetable broth in a blender until smooth, set aside
- Melt remaining 6 tablespoons of butter in the sauce pan
- Add flour and whisk for 1 minute constantly
- Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and tamari, and continue stirring
- Add the blended mushroom mixture and continue to stir
- Continue whisking for 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens
- Add sage and salt and pepper to taste (see amounts that I used above)
To make gluten free, substitute the flour for cornstarch. This will make the gravy thicker but otherwise the taste stays the same. A great option for anyone gluten free!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 513mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 2g