Nourish PA: Healthier Homemade Gravy

Gravy is a must for many of us at holiday meals! And making your own couldn’t be easier. This version is a slightly lighter take on traditional recipes, with low-sodium broth and olive oil swapping in for regular broth and butter.

To make a lower-fat version, a cornstarch slurry instead of a roux helps to thicken the gravy. Simply substitute oil and flour for 2 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch until combined. Bring stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Quickly stir in cornstarch mixture and thyme until combined. Then, continue with step 2 of the recipe!

Healthier Homemade Gravy

Makes 2 cups
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 13 min 18 min

Tip: If using drippings, add water to reach 2 cups of liquid. 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, low-sodium beef broth, turkey, chicken or beef drippings (fat removed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, rosemary or sage (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring frequently until no clumps remain and light golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir in broth until combined. Add thyme (if using). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and flavors develop, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!
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