Mushroom Gravy Recipe

This mushroom gravy is easy enough to make tonight and tasty enough for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve been making this mushroom gravy for a while. I learned the basis for this recipe from my friend Nataliya’s mom about 10 years ago.

The ingredients are simple and my son approves. It’s great over potatoes, white rice and buckwheat (my personal favorite).

Ingredients for Mushroom Gravy:

1 medium carrot, finely grated
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb (about 6) mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp butter
3 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth or stock
1 and 1/2 cups milk (any kind)
Salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste

mushroom-gravy

How to make mushroom gravy:

1. Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sautee onion and carrot until soft and golden (5 minutes), stirring often.

mushroom-gravy-2

2. Add mushrooms and sautee until soft (5 minutes), stirring often.

mushroom-gravy-6

3. Increase to medium high heat and add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups milk, bring to a light boil.

mushroom-gravy-3

4. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir until dissolved.

mushroom-gravy-5

5. Melt 4 Tbsp butter and stir in 3 1/2 Tbsp flour.

mushroom-gravy-7

6. Whisk the butter/flour mix into the gravy. Add more or less of the flour mixture depending on how thick you want the gravy. Remember it will still thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick add some more hot water or milk and return to a light boil again. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.

mushroom-gravy-4

Mushroom Gravy Recipe - Подливка

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Servings: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 medium carrot finely grated
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb about 6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk any kind
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Sautee onion and carrot until soft and golden (5 minutes), stirring often.
  3. Add mushrooms and sautee until soft (5 minutes), stirring often.
  4. Increase to medium high heat and add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth and 1 1/2 cps milk, bring to a light boil. Salt and pepper to taste and stir till dissolved.
  5. Melt 4 Tbsp butter and stir in 3 1/2 tbsp flour.
  6. Whisk the butter/flour mix into the gravy. Add more or less of the flour mixture depending on how thick you want the gravy. Remember it will still thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick add some more hot water or milk and return to a light boil again.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag banner

I hope you fall in love with this easy and excellent mushroom gravy!

natashaskitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

Read more posts by Natasha

Read comments/reviewsAdd comment/review

  • Anna T
    September 11, 2018

    Have you tried cutting small pieces of chicken into the gravy? If I did that would I just add a little more liquid to accomate the chicken.? Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2018

      Hi Anna. I think that could work. The liquid volume shouldn’t change much but if you wanted a little extra I don’t see why not since it will be a chunkier gravy with the chicken. Reply

  • Snizhana Svirid
    January 24, 2018

    Can I half the recipe if it’s just for my husband and I? Or is it so good my husband could probably eat 4 servings 😁 excited to try this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2018

      Hi Snizhana, yes, this recipe can be cut in half, but it is very very good and leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated later. If you want to thin it out, add a little more milk or broth. Reply

      • Snizhana Svirid
        January 24, 2018

        Thanks! I made it original recipe you have and it is quite addicting! My husband was saying he could have it as soup! Loll thanks so much. And thank you for responding too! That’s thoughtful. God has blessed your hands. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 25, 2018

          You’re so sweet! My pleasure, I’m glad to hear that! 🙂 Reply

  • Vita
    November 21, 2017

    Is it possible to completely puree the mushrooms so there’s no actual pieces? Or is it not advisable? Looks delish! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2017

      Hi Vita, I think that could work to pulse the cooked mushrooms until they reached the desired consistency, although I wonder if the texture would be more like a mushroom soup rather than a gravy. It might work, – I just haven’t tested it myself to say for sure. Reply

    • Dot
      November 21, 2017

      Hi Vita, I had a friend many years ago that would brag about my spaghetti sauce and she always came to my home for supper when I made it. She hated mushrooms, said she wouldn’t eat “fungus”. Well, I always put my mushrooms in the blender and pulsed them for a short while and you couldn’t tell what it was. She said she loved the flavor of my sauce. She ate it for years!! So yes, I would pulse them but I wouldn’t puree them. Reply

  • Dot
    November 19, 2017

    I love mushrooms and I love gravy! This is the best of both worlds! Thanks for sharing with us. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 20, 2017

      My pleasure Dot! I hope you love the recipe! Reply

  • NatashaB
    November 7, 2017

    My favorite gravy ever! It’s always my go-to for every get together! Thank you😘 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 7, 2017

      You’re welcome Natasha! I’m glad to hear you love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Mariya
    August 2, 2017

    Is it possible to make this the day before? Would the mushrooms still taste the same? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2017

      Hi Mariya, that would work, just keep it covered and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a little milk or broth or water to reach the desired consistency when you reheat the next day since it will thicken up a little as it sits. Reply

  • Mary
    October 6, 2016

    would you recommend this recipe or the “easy mushroom gravy” recipe instead? 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 6, 2016

      Hi Mary, for a special meal, I would go with this one :). The easy mushroom gravy is a quick-fix type of gravy although it is also tasty. Reply

  • Tanya
    September 29, 2016

    How many people will this serve? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 29, 2016

      Hi Tanya, it makes 4 cups (I put this info on the print friendly recipe at the bottom for future reference), so it depends on how much you all love gravy! 🙂 I would say serves 8 (1/2 cup per person). Reply

  • Kitti
    July 5, 2016

    I used this recipe as a reference to make a GIANT pot of podlivka for the festivities yesterday, everyone loved it! I loved the rich and creamy taste without having to use whipping cream. Not one I’ll make often but a delicious treat once in a while! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 5, 2016

      I’m so happy you all loved it! A giant pot of gravy sounds niiice! 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    January 19, 2016

    My husband, Josh, and I are obsessed with this recipe. It’s so perfectly flavorful!! The best gravy recipe I have ever had. Josh got so excited when he came home from work and saw me making this. X) thank you!
    (I’m not sure, but may have already commented on good this was a long time ago…eh… better two reviews than zero!) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 19, 2016

      You’re so sweet. Thank you! yes, better two reviews for sure! I actually show a count for everyone who’s commented and yours is at 24. I just want to say, THANK YOU and I love hearing from you! 🙂 Reply

  • Heather Hrynkiw
    December 17, 2015

    I was looking for a recipe for mushrooms that my father in law would make to serve Christmas eve Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2015

      I also have some really yummy stuffed mushrooms on my site if you’re looking for more. Have a Merry Christmas! 🙂 Reply

  • Lyuda
    November 22, 2015

    Made this gravy this weekend, it tastes so good! Have you tried to make it in advance and keep it in the freezer for awhile? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2015

      I haven’t tried freezing it so I can’t say for sure how it will affect the consistency. I’m thinking it would work, but I can’t say for sure without trying it myself. Reply

  • Michele
    October 13, 2015

    I made this tonight along with your chicken and mushroom Kotlety and buttered noodles. It was delicious!! Thank you for your fantastic recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2015

      You’re making me so hungry!! Reply

  • Olga
    May 4, 2015

    I was wondering how would it work with the liquid chicken broth? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 4, 2015

      It would work great! Use chicken broth instead of the Better than Bouillon paste and water. 🙂 Reply

  • Liya Maydanyuk
    February 21, 2015

    Love this recipe!!! Everyone in my family does too!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 21, 2015

      Liya, thank you for the great review, enjoy :). Reply

  • liliya nozdratenko
    October 9, 2014

    i never made a podliva with sodium bouilion but i really liked it Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 9, 2014

      We pretty much always use the low sodium version. I like to control how much salt goes into a recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Selina
    May 1, 2014

    I made this gravy for Easter to put on our mashed potatoes. This is seriously addicting gravy!! Another fantastic recipe, Natasha!! Thanks again for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2014

      I’m so happy you loved it! It’s also our favorite gravy! 🙂 Reply

  • oksana
    December 18, 2013

    Love this gravy!!! i added chicken, garlic and a pinch of montreal steak seasoning to mine. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 18, 2013

      I bet it was amazing with your add-ins!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Alina
    November 25, 2013

    Where can I get such a pretty dish like yours for gravy? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 25, 2013

      I think it was either a score from Ross or Marshalls. Sorry that isn’t helpful since those kind of stores only have that once and then it’s something new. Maybe you’ll find an even prettier one! 🙂 Reply

  • snolik
    November 17, 2013

    love it!!! Reply

  • Elina
    November 9, 2013

    Hi Natasha:) Your site is one of my go-to sites for food and dessert! Just made this podlivka and wanted to share my exuberant delight with you concerning the outcome! Yummmmmmmmy! So GOOD!! Thank you for all your hard work:) This is a ministry in and of itself! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 9, 2013

      What an excellent review!! Thanks and God bless you in your cooking adventures! 🙂 Reply

  • reina
    August 6, 2013

    Natasha, have u ever seen or had gravy thats kinda looks like beef broth, its made with either chicken or mushroom or both, some cartots and dill… I had it at my cousins house over buckwheat I think and I ask her, she swears that she never made such thing and doesn’t know how, Ive only ate it once, so I believe her, her mom probably made it, (ive seen it over wedding potato) anyways its like a bullionchik recipe for the mashed potatoes or buckwheat that already have a creamy main dish and don’t require a heavy cream gravy….just wondering if u know of something like this and can you post it please? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2013

      I think you might be talking about a “zazharka”. I haven’t made one in a long long time but it would be a good post. I’ll add it to the list. If you discover a great recipe first, please share! 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    July 18, 2013

    Thank you for your recipe. Did this gravy but without mushrooms and without carrots i did it with pork turned out great. Love your site everything I try turns out great, thank you for sharing recipes with us. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You’re welcome Lena! 🙂 Reply

  • YanaP
    May 8, 2013

    Thank You for this recipe! Very delicious and easy to make! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 9, 2013

      You are welcome Yana, I’m craving some of it right now, maybe over rice or buckwheat or…I’m getting carried away :). Reply

  • Nastia
    March 7, 2013

    This is one of my favorite gravy’s!! My mom usually makes it when we have guests over so I loooong for the moment to have guests cuz it is sooo good:) my mom has an altered recipe but I will have to try yours, they look pretty similar though:) Reply

  • Vicki
    February 26, 2013

    Can this gravy be frozen? It’s a big portion just for the two of us Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 26, 2013

      I haven’t tried to, but I don’t see why not. Reply

  • Alla
    February 23, 2013

    Hey Natasha,
    I wonder if there is a specific kind of mushroom you use?Mine looked very similiar to yours in the picture, but I believe the taste of these mushrooms I used ruined the taste, bummer.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 23, 2013

      I used button mushrooms; did u use fresh or canned? Reply

  • vikulya
    January 21, 2013

    Made it today and served with buckwheat. Sooo good…..
    Thank you, thank you:-) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2013

      I’m glad you like the gravy, I make it all the time with the buckwheat too :). Reply

  • Mariya F.
    January 14, 2013

    I made this gravy twice so far and both times it turned out sooo delicious!! I just LOOOVE mushrooms (my whole family does actually) – they bring back lots of memories from back home! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2013

      Me too; one of my favorite foods 🙂 Reply

  • alena
    January 8, 2013

    This is my favorite gravy now! Absolutely love it!!!! ( I added seasoned, sauteed chicken breast chunks to mine) You know, I was trying to lose weight after New Year’s; but with this blog, I’m in trouble. Everything looks so tempting and tantalizing, it’s hard to resist. I love the step by step instructions and visuals. I think I’ll introduce my nine-year-old daughter to this blog, she loves to help me cook. I’m pretty sure in the near future- I’ll just sit and relax, while my girls prepare dinner. (although, I absolutely love trying out the recipes myself!) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2013

      It’s a great idea to get your daughters started out young with cooking. They’ll be amazing cooks in no time; they probably already are! 🙂 Reply

  • Lana
    October 16, 2012

    Just wanted to tell u how much I love ur website…. Ur recipes are so great and tasty….. I am not much of a cook or do I love to cook, but I still have to cook for my family and ur website is the only website I use… U make it so easy w pictures every step of the way…. That’s is the only way I learn I got to see everything lol …. Thank u so much:) love everything u post!!! Keep it up girl!!! Ur awesome!!!
    <3 Lana! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 16, 2012

      Thank you so much for the compliments and encouragement Lana. I like visual tutorials best so I thought others would appreciate it too. I’m planning to do more video in the future as well. Hopefully you’ll like that just as much 🙂 Reply

  • Nadia
    September 25, 2012

    This gravy is awsome, try adding shrimp, and a couple slices of cheese. My favorite Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks Nadia. Yumm, I could probably eat your gravy version as a meal 😉 Reply

  • Olya Shem
    June 18, 2012

    Hi Natasha! I just want to say that my family loves this gravy. It goes very well with rice (our favorite). I make it with shiitake mushrooms and it works quite perfect. Thanks for all your yummy recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2012

      That does sound like a good combo. I’ll do that next time. I love rice! Thank you for the tip. Reply

  • Juliya
    April 30, 2012

    Yum, I just made this and ate it over rice. I did add chicken to it though. But very yummy and will do again, thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2012

      Can’t go wrong with chicken :). I’m glad that you liked it. Reply

  • Tatyana
    February 29, 2012

    Hi Natasha,
    wow, this gravy is the best i have ever made or tried anywhere. My husband was really impressed. No leftovers. I also added chicken to the gravy, so yeah we all loved it, planning on making it for my next big family get together. Thank You.
    Tanya Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 29, 2012

      Thank you Tatyana for the great comment. I’m glad that your husband was really impressed. 🙂 Reply

  • Luba
    February 23, 2012

    Delicious gravy! Tried it at a friends house, than made some at home with hrechka- yum! Thanks for posting this! Finally have a favorite gravy to make! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 23, 2012

      Thank you for letting me know. Enjoy. Reply

  • Nadia
    February 22, 2012

    So my sister told me today that she made this gravy and it was super yummy. So I just finished making some and it was DELISH!!! My hubby loves gravy with his HRECHKA, but I could never make a good one, so anyways Thanks so much Natasha for this recipe :))) Reply

  • Olchik
    December 31, 2011

    Is it suppose to taste salty? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2011

      No, it’s not. I don’t like my food too salty. Did you use reduced sodium chicken broth? If it’s too salty, just add more hot milk or water and bring to a simmer. Reply

  • Tatyana V
    December 31, 2011

    Natasha, I made this for my family today,but since they don’t eat mushrooms, I substituted the mushrooms with kotletki and just boiled everything for 5 minutes. Well… this gravy came out extremely delicious!! We loved it:) Thank you!!!!! Reply

  • Lana
    December 11, 2011

    Hi Natasha,

    Where do you get your ORGANIC better than bouillon reduced sodium chicken base?!? I’m having the hardest time finding it…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2011

      Costco and it’s a way better price there than anywhere else Reply

    • vicky u :)
      December 20, 2011

      lana, i bought the organic chicken base at winco.. since theres only me and my hubby and i dont go through alot of chicken base, a lil can is like 3 or something dollars.. and its on the same isle as all the soups.. i was in that isle for literally 15 minutes until worker came and showed me, cuz they r small and not noticeable.. just saying.. 🙂 cuz i know not everyoone has the costco card<< even though i love costco!! Reply

  • Irina
    November 28, 2011

    My sister made this gravy for our thanksgiving dinner and it was so yummy! Thanks again 🙂 Reply

  • Sydney
    November 26, 2011

    Amazing gravy! My hubby is russian and he loves this gravy and so do i just so tasteful! Thank you for this recipe and great website that helps me cook for my russian husband! Reply

  • Marina
    November 23, 2011

    So good best Podliva ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Natasha your amazing cook! Reply

  • Marina
    November 22, 2011

    Yummy! I usually make it with heavy whipping, and some corn starch, and mushrooms. Also tried making this with meatballs & mushrooms, yummy for potato topping:) Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2011

      Meatballs sound nice :). You’re making me hungry!! Reply

      • Alla
        November 23, 2011

        Using milk and flour is almost same as heavy whipping cream when it comes to flavor but but huge difference when it comes to calories 🙁 Reply

        • Natasha
          November 24, 2011

          Definitely Alla! Flour saves some calories when it’s used as a thickener; same with cornstarch. Reply

          • Viktoriya
            December 17, 2011

            I love me some heavy whipping cream…so i go by your recipe exactly except I use 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, and 1 cup heavy whip! Also a tbls of sour cream adds some flavor, we Russians/Ukrainians love our sour cream lol

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            December 17, 2011

            Mmmmm… that sounds richer (and yummier!) I agree, we do love our sour cream. My son eats it by the spoonful!

  • Inna
    November 21, 2011

    Amazing! Thanks so much Natasha! Reply

  • julia G
    November 21, 2011

    wow this is great 4 thanksgiving! Your the best thanks for the post Reply

  • Svetlana
    November 21, 2011

    Can you add chicken instead of mushrooms? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2011

      Yes- this recipe is pretty versatile. You can do whatever you want with it as long as your basics are the same. I’ve made it with chicken before and it’s also good without carrot. Reply

  • stacie
    November 21, 2011

    My mom makes this yummy mushroom gravy, she basically puts whipping cream, mushrooms, and i think cheese, has such a rich taste 🙂 i wanna give this a try, it sounds pretty easy 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2011

      mmmm cheese!! I try to sneak cheese into everything I can! What kind of cheese was it? Reply

      • stacie
        November 21, 2011

        I love cheese 🙂 monterey jack I think it’s called, but it’s yummy! Reply

  • November 20, 2011

    I have never seen such a pretty gravy! Reply

  • Diana
    November 20, 2011

    Extremely similar to the one my mom makes. You can also add some meat to that for a nice and juicy topping to potatoes, rice, buckwheat. 😉 Super yummy! I am going to make some for Thanksgiving. 🙂 Reply

Add comment/review

Leave a comment

As Featured On

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.