This Meaty Gravy is filled with savory flavors that go perfectly with mashed potatoes. This easy is perfect for a simple dinner.

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A creamy meaty gravy on a bowl with mashed potatoes topped with fresh greens.

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I am pretty sure every Russian or Ukrainian grew up having podliva (gravy) on a regular basis. Our favorite was always with mashed potatoes and kotleti (meatballs). Though I prefer the Chicken and Mushroom gravy (cause I have a terrible love for mushrooms) but this simple gravy is a really nice because it’s really quick to make and the flavor is wow!.

When I make this gravy and we will not be having any other meat, I like to make thin strips as I have here in the pictures. My hubby has his “meat” and we just enjoy it with mashed potatoes and salad. If there is other meat then I cube the meat into small pieces so it’s not so chunky. This gravy can also be enjoyed with rice, buckwheat or even pasta.

How to make this simple hearty gravy recipe. How to saute meat and made the gravy.

how to make meaty gravy-

  • Cut meat into thin strips. Finely chop into small pieces. (TIP: The thinner the meat is sliced the more tender and soft the meat will be. )
  • In a deep pan, heat oil and once hot add in the meat strips.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then add chopped onions. Salt and pepper taste.
  • Turn down the heat and cook for another five minutes.
  • Add in three cups of water. Cook on medium/high heat for an additional 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine together ketchup, heavy whipping cream, flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings.
  • Add the mixture to the pan and mix.
  • Turn the heat down and let the gravy simmer for an additional five minutes.
  • Enjoy.

An easy gravy recipe in a bowl with mashed potatoes topped with fresh chopped greens.

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Meaty Gravy

5 from 2 votes
Meat gravy with water, ketchup, heavy whipping cream, sauteed meat and onions with seasoning.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs pork meat
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Vegeta seasoning, or Lawry’s seasoning, or your favorite seasoning


  • Thinly slice the meat. Chop onion into small pieces.
  • Use a deep pan and heat oil on med/high heat. Once the oil is hot, add meat strips. Cook 10 minutes, mixing frequently. (If you heat is rather low, cook on high heat. The meat should have a nice golden finish to it).
  • Add the chopped onions, turn the heat down to medium and cook five minutes (or until onions are tender).
  • Add the 3 cups water and mix. Cook on med/high heat about 10 minutes (or until meat is tender).
  • In a bowl combine ketchup, heavy whipping cream, flour, salt, pepper, and seasoning.
  • Add ketchup mixture to pan and mix. Turn heat down to low and let the gravy simmer for about 5 minutes.


Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 15gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 443mgPotassium: 346mgFiber: 0gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 335IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)