Always vegetarian, often vegan

Vegan gravy

As a vegetarian or vegan, you don't have to miss your potatoes with gravy at all. And you don't always have to get it from a packet, either. With this recipe, which freezes easily, you can enjoy mashing your potatoes again or making a dimple in your stew.

Vegan gravy

As with the bacon cubes, I was really dreading the lack of tasty gravy over my potatoes when I decided to become a vegetarian. Luckily I found Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's vegan gravy recipe pretty quickly, in a video on youtube. I have now adapted the recipe to my taste and the contents of my own pantry. But the most wonderful element of Hugh's gravy has remained, which is espresso coffee. I couldn't believe it at first, but really, the coffee gives the gravy exactly the punch you need. Feel free to make the gravy in larger quantities, it freezes just fine!
Voorbereiding 15 minutes
Bereiding 15 minutes
Totale tijd 30 minutes
Course: Gravy
Cuisine: Nederlands
Keyword: gravy, vegan
Porties: 4 people


  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 big carrot
  • 20 gr dried shitakes or 200 gr chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons salty soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Marmite
  • 1 tablespoon tomatopaste (optional)
  • 1 cup espresso coffee
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 leaf laurel
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 table spoon vegetal butter
  • 2 table spoons olive oil
  • 1 table spoon corn starch
  • 0,5 litre vegetable stock


  • If using dried mushrooms, soak them in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. You immediately use this water in the sauce.
  • If you are using fresh chestnut mushrooms, fry them over high heat in a little olive oil. The caramelization of the mushrooms gives the sauce a meaty taste.
  • Saute the chopped onion in olive oil.
  • After a few minutes, add the chopped celery and carrots and stir well.
  • Now add the mushrooms including moisture. Add the stock, soy sauce, Marmite, , nutritional yeast, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Now add the espresso coffee and stir.
  • Drain the gravy through a colander and discard the gravy. Return the gravy to the skillet and bring to a boil again. Now slowly add the cornstarch. At first, lumps will form, but these will disappear by stirring well.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
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