Meaty Gravy

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

Try this delicious Chicken Mushroom Gravy Recipe.

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

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

Meat gravy with water, ketchup, heavy whipping cream, sauteed meat and onions with seasoning.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 343kcal


  • 1 ½ 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.
Nutrition Facts
Meaty Gravy
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.

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Show 28 Comments
  • Sveta 06/08/2017, 1:29 pm Link Reply

    Have you tried making this same recipe with different meat? We aren’t really pork eaters…

    • admin 06/08/2017, 5:50 pm Link Reply

      Hi Sveta,
      We actually just had this last week and I used beef and just cubes the pieces. Kiddos LOVED it, had no leftovers.
      p.s. We aren’t pork eaters either. 🙂

  • Alevtina 09/11/2016, 2:40 am Link Reply

    Hello Valya, Thank you so much for posting all of your wonderful recipes. What if I would like only put mushrooms in gravy? How should I do it? Thanks in advance

    • admin 09/12/2016, 1:05 pm Link Reply

      Hi there Alevtina,
      Thank you so much, I am so glad our family’s favorites are to your liking:). Hhh, I’ve never had it like that but you can definitely try it. Just cube the meat into smaller pieces, saute mushrooms in a separate skillet and add to the meat and continue with the recipe.. 🙂 Sounds interesting, as I love mushrooms and will need to try this myself;).
      P.S. Have you tried the CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM GRAVY? Sooo yummy.. Thank you for visiting..

  • Lana 04/09/2016, 2:05 am Link Reply

    Hi Valichka, thank you for all the incredible and delicious recipes. I love your website! It’s definitely been a blessing in my kitchen! I made the buttered cod in skillet today and my husband Ioved it! I was surprised how simple it was to make. I wanted to make this recipe next but was wondering which cut of pork you used?

    • admin 04/09/2016, 2:03 pm Link Reply

      Lana, Thank you so much for the kind words. You put a huge smile on my face… You can truly use any roast or loin with some fat in it, that way it’s not too dry once cooked. I hope you enjoy this gravy.. 🙂 Blessings to your family..

  • Mariana 03/29/2016, 8:45 pm Link Reply

    Valentina, wowwwww this is DELICIOUS!!!!!I made it today for dinner for my picky husband and he absolutely loved it!!!the only thing different I did was i used cubed steak instead of pork yummmmmmmmm i will make it again next week thank you 🙂

    • admin 03/30/2016, 5:12 pm Link Reply

      Mariana, That’s awesome, I’m so glad your picky Mr. approved.. 🙂 Put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing..

  • olga 03/17/2016, 10:18 am Link Reply

    hmm I made this and the meat wasn’t as tender, esp for the 10 minute cooking in water, so I even cooked it longer. I think 3/4 cup is a lot of ketchup. The taste of it was to strong for the gravy. Otherwise it still tasted good.

    • admin 03/17/2016, 1:32 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for your feedback!:) Sorry this recipe didn’t work for you:/…

  • Anna 07/06/2015, 11:18 pm Link Reply

    This looks good, but i am curious if you have any other recipes for podliva? Maybe that don’t include ketchup? I am not a big fan, I know weird, of adding ketchup to anything except hot dogs lol.

  • jessica 05/21/2015, 6:14 pm Link Reply

    Also, when do you add flour?

    • admin 05/21/2015, 8:34 pm Link Reply

      You see in the picture (and step) where you mix ketchup? The flour is there as well:) Sneaking itself in:^)..

  • jessica 05/21/2015, 10:28 am Link Reply

    Would you recommend using a chicken broth instead of water?

    • admin 05/21/2015, 8:33 pm Link Reply

      Hi Jessica, I wouldn’t with the pork in this recipe, the pork gives the water enough flavor ;).;).

  • Vika 04/24/2015, 1:20 am Link Reply

    Oh found. Sorry. Thank you for your great recipe!!!

    • admin 04/24/2015, 11:56 am Link Reply

      No need to apologize, it’s very easy to forget to include something:). :). Thank u for stopping by:).

  • Vika 04/24/2015, 1:18 am Link Reply

    Looks so yummy. Going to try tomorrow. I see you have flour in your ingredients list. When do you add the flour? I didn’t find in a recipe? Thank you

    • admin 04/24/2015, 11:54 am Link Reply

      Vika, I hope you like it:)..

  • Tanya 04/23/2015, 10:50 am Link Reply

    Podliva is my favorite food. I will pick podliva over any other food because not only it’s so good, but also because you can make it ahead and serve with potatoes, rice, buckwheat and noodles. Your recipe looks very simple and your pictures look delicious. I will be making this soon! Thank you for taking your time to share your recipes with us.

    • admin 04/23/2015, 11:39 am Link Reply

      Tanechka, I am like you. I seriously love everything that is podliva like (huh, is that a word?;)..). My mother-in-law taught me this recipe for this Uzbek inspired “Creamy chicken podliva like” meal and if you haven’t tried it you need to check it out. This is one of my go to dinner or lunches and we have it probably once a week, every other for sure. You can tweak it to your liking but the idea is super genius and can be make ahead and reheated!!. Thanks for stopping by and here is the link. 🙂

  • Olya 04/23/2015, 9:18 am Link Reply

    Have you made it with chicken before?

    • admin 04/23/2015, 11:32 am Link Reply

      Olechka, Yes!. And you know what?. I even make this without meat sometimes, just add a little less water. It’s so quick and simple to do so if I grilled and don’t want plain potatoes or buckwheat I just do less water and add the rest of the ingredients and got myself pretty yummy gravy in like 5 minutes. 🙂

  • Svetlana 04/23/2015, 12:29 am Link Reply

    Wow Valichka thanks soo much for this recipe may GOD bless your family , man I’ve been trying to make
    This podliva when I was young but my friends told me how to do it and it did not work out now I see why 🙂 I was doing it wrong 🙂 and your soo kind to post step by step GOD Bless you women who take their time to make these food blogs you serve as big blessings for us people who need some guidance and new ideas in the kitchen 🙂

    • admin 04/23/2015, 9:32 am Link Reply

      I am not sure that I am doing it right either, lol;o).. I used to always have problems with gravy too with flour becoming clumpy, or not mixing well and found that doing it this way makes for not clumps and easy mixing. It may be totally wrong in the professional kitchen but hey it works for a simple cook like myself!! =) Thank you for your encouragement, it’s really appreciated.. 🙂

  • Megan 04/22/2015, 8:15 pm Link Reply

    Just stopping by to say hello! Uhh…if the dish of this meaty gravy over potatoes were sitting in front of me, I would eat the ENTIRE thing. This looks so good right now!

    • admin 04/23/2015, 9:28 am Link Reply

      Megan, Come on over, I will share;)!!…

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