This Meaty Gravy is filled with savory flavors that go perfectly with just about any side. It’s an easy and simple dinner and requires just a few simple ingredients.

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, especially over mashed potatoes and often served with Kotleti (Meatballs).

Though I prefer the Chicken and Mushroom Gravy (because I have a terrible love for mushrooms), this simple recipe is just as wonderful and easier to make.

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.

Chef’s Tip: This gravy can also be enjoyed over

mashed potatoes, 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 or cubes.
  • In a deep pan heat the oil. Once hot, add in the meat strips.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then add the onions and season with 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 allow the gravy to simmer for an additional five minutes.

An easy gravy recipe in a bowl with mashed potatoes topped with fresh chopped greens.MORE RECIPES WITH SAUCE:

Meaty Gravy Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 2 votes
Beef slices in a rich and hearty gravy. Serve the meaty gravy over your favorite side for a complete dinner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs meat (beef or pork)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • 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 over med/high heat. Once the oil is hot, add meat strips. Cook 5 minutes or until meat is golden, mixing frequently.
  • Add the chopped onions, turn the heat down to medium and cook for another 5 minutes (or until onions are tender).
  • Add the 3 cups of water and mix. Cook on med/high heat for 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.


343kcal Calories9g Carbs15g Protein27g Fat10g Saturated Fat81mg Cholesterol443mg Sodium346mg Potassium0g Fiber5g Sugar335IU Vitamin A2.6mg Vitamin C31mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Meaty Gravy Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 443mg19%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)