Looking for a quick gravy recipe with a few common ingredients and no drippings included in the list? I will show you how to make a delicious tomato gravy even without using fresh tomatoes. Only several vegetables to chop, sauté them in a stock or broth with a scoop of sour cream.

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You will be able to use this gravy for a variety of dishes. Starting with my favorite option pouring gravy over The Fluffiest Mashed Potato or adding it to any of the cooked grains (buckwheat, rice, bulgur, etc.). You can even use it instead of tomato sauce for pasta if you have no other options. The process of cooking this version of gravy is pretty basic. You need to chop and grate vegetables, sauté them in the skillet, then cover with some liquid with added tomato paste and sour cream.

I should mention some things before I forget. You can use any type of stock/broth for this version of gravy, or even simple boiled water will do. However, the taste will not be so rich. Moreover, you have several options for an ingredient to use for thickening the gravy: flour and cornstarch (the latter giving a very distinct glow to the sauce). I use both options depending on what I have in the cupboard now.

Tomato Gravy Recipe

Here is a list of my favorite dishes that go perfectly with this tomato gravy with sour cream:

Simple Gravy Ingredients:

Gravy Ingredients

  • 1 onion;
  • 1 carrot;
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste;
  • 200 ml meat/vegetable stock;
  • 2 tbsp sour cream;
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil;
  • 1 tbsp. flour;
  • Herbs and salt to your taste.

How to make a simple gravy at home:

  • Chop onion and grate carrot.

Chop onion and grate carrot

  • Sauté onion in a preheated skillet with oil. It will take you up to 3 minutes to get the onion to the soft and translucent state. Now, add grated carrot and cook for additional 8-10 minutes. Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking.

Saute them in the skillet

  • Pour stock to the skillet with sautéed vegetables. Mix.

Pour stock

  • Add one tablespoon of tomato paste and two tablespoons of sour cream.

Add sour cream and tomato paste

  • Thoroughly stir the mixture to combine sour cream and tomato paste with the broth until they fully dissolve in the liquid. Add seasoning: salt, freshly ground black pepper, your favorite herbs (my top choices: dried basil and thyme). Make sure to check out whether the stock or broth you are using has already been salted or not to prevent over-salting the dish. Cook the gravy for 20 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon of flour to thicken the gravy. Evenly spread it in the skillet over the gravy and mix thoroughly. Cook for additional 2 minutes before removing it from the stove.

Add flour

  • Serve with your favorite side dish and roasted meat! Enjoy your meal!

Enjoy the gravy

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Gravy Recipe with Tomato Paste – How to make gravy without tomatoes

Learh how to make a delicious tomato gravy without using fresh tomatoes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: easy homemade red gravy, foolproof gravy recipe, gravy without drippings, how to make a simple gravy, make-ahead gravy, tomato gravy recipe
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 192kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 200 ml meat/vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsps. sour cream
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • Herbs and salt to your taste

Instructions

  • Chop onion and grate carrot.
  • Sauté onion in a preheated skillet with oil. It will take you up to 3 minutes to get the onion to the soft and translucent state. Now, add grated carrot and cook for additional 8-10 minutes. Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking.
  • Pour stock to the skillet with sautéed vegetables. Mix.
  • Add one tablespoon of tomato paste and two tablespoons of sour cream.
  • Thoroughly stir the mixture to combine sour cream and tomato paste with the broth until they fully dissolve in the liquid. Add seasoning: salt, freshly ground black pepper, your favorite herbs (my top choices: dried basil and thyme). Make sure to check out whether the stock or broth you are using has already been salted or not to prevent over-salting the dish. Cook the gravy for 20 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon of flour to thicken the gravy. Evenly spread it in the skillet over the gravy and mix thoroughly. Cook for additional 2 minutes before removing it from the stove.
  • Serve with your favorite side dish and roasted meat! Enjoy your meal!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

Hope you enjoyed this version of the tomato gravy recipe but for those who have relatives from Soviet Union, this recipe won’t be something new. This gravy was a real star of public canteens in those times!

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