Country Sausage Gravy

$2.53 recipe / $0.63 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.90 from 19 votes
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If you don’t live in the south, you might have never tried this classic southern breakfast dish, and believe me when I say you’re missing out. Sausage gravy is rich, comforting, inexpensive, and surprisingly easy to make from scratch. So you don’t have to wait 45 minutes in line at your favorite brunch spot to get some good biscuits and gravy. Let me show you how to do it at home for way less time and way less money.

Biscuits and gravy on a plate with eggs, a fork taking a bite

What Kind of Sausage to Use for Sausage Gravy

The sausage is the most important part of sausage gravy because the herbs and spices in the sausage end up flavoring the gravy, and the fat from the pork makes everything extra rich. Look for a fresh pork sausage (not in links or patties) that is labeled either “pork sausage,” “country sausage,” or “breakfast sausage.” You’ll usually find it packaged in a tube or roll.

Here are some examples of sausage that you can find in most grocery stores in the U.S. that can be used for Country Sausage Gravy: Tennessee Pride Country Sausage, Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, or Bob Evans Original Sausage Roll. Most major grocery stores also sell their own store brand of country sausage.

What to Serve with Country Sausage Gravy

Traditionally, sausage gravy is spooned over homemade biscuits (or you can use store-bought biscuits as a shortcut), but this rich gravy is pretty good on just about any starchy vehicle. Here are some fun alternatives to biscuits for your sausage gravy:

  • Breakfast Potatoes or hashbrowns
  • Tortilla Chips (make it like breakfast nachos)
  • English Muffins
  • Grits
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Hearty toast

And if you want something on the side? Definitely some fried or scrambled eggs!

Can You Make it Ahead?

While this sausage gravy is definitely best when made fresh (and it only takes a few minutes), you can make it ahead if you need to. Sausage gravy will stay good in the refrigerator for a couple of days. To reheat, simply add it back to a skillet and reheat over medium-low, stirring often until heated through, and adding a splash of milk to loosen it up if needed.

Side view of biscuits and gravy on a plate with eggs

P.S. Don’t forget you can double the recipe below by simply changing the number in the “servings” box to 8 and it will automatically double the ingredient amounts for you! :)

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Country Sausage Gravy

4.90 from 19 votes
Make this easy Country Sausage Gravy from scratch in under 20 minutes for a hearty southern style breakfast at home.
Side view of biscuits and gravy on a plate with eggs
Servings 4 ¾ cup each
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 20 minutes



  • Add the pork sausage to a skillet and cook over medium heat, breaking it into chunks as you stir, until it is cooked through. Do not drain the fat from the skillet.
  • Add the butter and flour to the skillet with the pork. Continue to stir and cook for about 2 minutes more.
  • Whisk the milk into the skillet, making sure to dissolve all the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet as you whisk. Continue to stir and cook until the milk begins to simmer lightly, at which point it will thicken into a nice gravy (5 minutes).
  • Season the gravy with red pepper, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Serve over biscuits or your favorite starchy breakfast item.

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Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 13gFat: 23gSodium: 523mgFiber: 1g
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Close up of country sausage gravy in a skillet with a spoon lifting a bite

How to Make Sausage Gravy From Scratch – Step by Step Photos

browned sausage in a skillet

Add ½ lb. fresh pork sausage to a skillet and stir and cook over medium heat until browned. Break the sausage into pieces as you stir.

butter and flour added to cooked sausage in a skillet

Add 1.5 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir for about two minutes more.

Milk being whisked into the skillet

Whisk 2 cups whole milk into the skillet, dissolving all the browned bits off the bottom of the skillet as you whisk.

Thickened gravy in the skillet

Continue to cook and stir until the milk comes up to a gentle simmer, at which point it will thicken into a nice gravy (5 minutes).

Seasonings added to gravy in the skillet

Season the gravy with ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper, ⅛ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, and ⅛ tsp salt.

Finished sausage gravy in the skillet

Give the gravy a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

A fork taking a bite of biscuits and gravy off a plate with eggs

Serve over biscuits or with your favorite starchy breakfast food!

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  1. I made it using lactose free whole milk. Added a bit more fat via canola oil and a bit more flour. Like 2 extra tablespoons. It worked. I didn’t have pepper so I used hickory smoke, chili powder, ms dash and etc. Turned it into brunch Sammies. Grand flaky biscuits adorned with cheese, egg, and sausage gravy

  2. I doubled the recipe and used 1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage. I didn’t have whole milk so I used 2 cups 2% and 2 cups half and half. Since the sausage was already seasoned, I didn’t add any of the seasonings listed in the recipe. Turned out perfect and will make again!

  3. I made this alongside your 5 ingredient freezer biscuits, and used the 2nd half of the sausage in your Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage. Because the pasta recipe used 1/2 a package of spinach – I put the rest in this sausage gravy alongside an onion I sauteed with the sausage. I have ZERO leftovers. The entire family gobbled it up (including two who’d never even HAD sausage gravy before.). Adding the spinach and red onion really made it prettier to plate. Shout out to you, Beth! Fantastic, easy recipes that I was able to make at the same time.

  4. Love your recipes!!! Made

    Love this recipe!!! After all three Hardee’s restuarants closed down in my area, a good sausage gravy and biscuits are hard to find. Made your biscuits today for the first time. The biscuits were great! This was my first successful batch of biscuits ever!! Attached to that recipe was a link to this sausage gravy recipe and I decided to give it a try. Incredible!!! My wife isn’t a gravy person like I am, but she absolutely loved the gravy and the biscuits. Already printed out and pinned these recipes as favorites. Thank you, Beth for making it so easy and tasty!!

  5. I couldn’t find sausage gravy in the grocery store, and my teenage son was craving it, so I decided to try to make it from scratch. This was perfect! It’s exactly what he wanted, and I loved it too! This is the second time I’ve made it this week and it’s a huge hit with everyone.

  6. I’ve made this 3 times in the past week. I’ve never enjoyed biscuits and gravy from a restaurant because it always so salty. This recipe blew my mind. It just hits all the right spots!

  7. I made this with Italian sausage and oat milk and it was great! Had to add a couple more spoons of flour to help thicken it, but otherwise the same :)

  8. I’ve made this 20+ times and my Tennessee-raised husband can’t get enough of it. It tastes just like it should, no extra fuss or weird ingredients. Definitely a family favorite!

    1. I doubled the recipe and used 1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage. I didn’t have whole milk so I used 2 cups 2% and 2 cups half and half. Since the sausage was already seasoned, I didn’t add any of the seasonings listed in the recipe. Turned out perfect and will make again!

    1. It needs to have the same amount of fat content. You can try coconut milk, but it will have a distinctly different flavor. XOXO -Monti

  9. I made this today because of the recent video and I’m so glad I did.  This was so, so good…and so easy.  I love biscuits and gravy and will even get it from Hardee’s sometimes when I can’t afford to go out for breakfast.  I had no idea how easy it was to make at home.  This is a game changer for me.  Thanks Beth! 

  10. Sorry but I had to up the salt to 1/2 TSP. It really made the difference. However, that being said I was using turkey, light brown and serve so there was little to no fat to add that sausage salt content.

    I’ve also made this with onion powder versus garlic. I’m thinking I like the onion a bit better. Adding both was a no go as it turned into an Italian cream sauce.. lol

    1. Easy and delicious! I’ve made it multiple times and it’s been great. I like to add the seasoning when the meat is almost browned so it adds extra flavor. Thanks!