Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy

Vegetarians, rejoice! This 100% vegetarian onion gravy recipe is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from your gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe (with vegan option) - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!

I can’t be the only vegetarian who’s suffered the lonely and tasteless holiday dinner fate of having to eat mashed potatoes with only a bit of salt and pepper and a sorry pat of butter. While everyone around you gleefully shoves down forkfuls of gravy-heavy potatoes… it’s horrible! Just horrible!

Okay, you know I’m exaggerating. But it does kind of suck a little. Gravy’s yummy, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it because of the whole meat thing.

That is… until now.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe (with vegan option) - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!
It all started on Thanksgiving when my guy’s awesome mom whipped me up a portion of my very own vegetarian white gravy for my potatoes. Yum!

And while we were stirring the meaty gravy meant for everyone else and talking about the whole affair, I came to the realization – why not do the roux thing and then add vegetable broth?

I know, total duh moment.

I decided to do it one better and make it a vegetarian onion gravy.

This stuff is truly really really good. And way easier than I ever thought it would be. So of course, I have to share. (Psst: My carnivorous guy approves of this also – apparently it’s great on, well…  meat.)

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Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy

Vegetarians, rejoice! This vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from the gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided (can sub Earth Balance [see Vegan Option])
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari or soy sauce (optional)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt one tablespoon of butter.
  2. Add the onion and saute for 10 – 15 minutes until soft and light brown.
  3. Remove the onion from the pan and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining four tablespoons of butter to the saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for three minutes.
  6. Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and continue stirring, over medium-low heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  7. Add back the cooked onions. Add Tamari or soy sauce if using. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Vegan option:

Substitute Earth Balance for the butter. I also like to use half olive oil and half Earth Balance.

Recipe update:

11/17/2015: I’ve recently started adding a splash of Tamari to the mix, and I really like the additional flavor (and color) it adds! So I thought I’d revise the recipe to include that option.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-5 servings, Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe (about 1/4 cup)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 65 Calories
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 285mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Sugar: 1g
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Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe with vegan option - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.