Vegetables and Gravy

$4.00 recipe / $1.00 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.86 from 34 votes
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I’ve been having a lot of fun lately looking at old recipes from The Great Depression and I’m always surprised at how simple they are. They’re always just a few ingredients, barely seasoned, but always filling. The simplicity of those recipes inspired this Vegetables and Gravy recipe, although I did make sure it was well seasoned to fit today’s palate. 😅

This recipe is great for those times when you just need to throw together something simple, warm, and filling using inexpensive ingredients that you might already have on hand. It’s kind of like a cross between potato soup and the filling of a chicken pot pie (minus the chicken). Is it the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life? No. But when money is tight, this dish hits just right.

side view of a bowl of vegetables and gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.

What is Vegetables and Gravy?

This dish starts with cubed potatoes that are boiled in vegetable broth until tender. The liquid is then seasoned with herbs and spices and thickened to a gravy with a milk and flour slurry. Next, we add a bag of mixed frozen vegetables to add color, texture, and flavor. And we finish the dish off with some butter for added creaminess, and salt and pepper to taste. Simple, filling, and satisfying!

What Else Can I Add?

If you happen to have some extra ingredients on hand and want to take this dish up a notch, here are some ideas:

  • Top with shredded cheese
  • Brown some bacon in the pot first and top the finished dish with the crumbled bacon
  • Add your favorite seasoning blend(you could do anything from a Cajun seasoning to something simple like Lawry’s)
  • Add chopped cooked chicken to make it more like a chicken pot pie (a great use for leftover rotisserie chicken!)
  • Add dumplings

How to Serve Vegetables and Gravy

I would consider this a simple all-in-one bowl meal and would not plan to make anything on the side. I might serve with some crusty bread for sopping up all that delicious gravy, but otherwise, everything I need is in that bowl. If you definitely need something on the side, I’d do a simple roasted vegetable. Maybe broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

About Those Leftovers…

Because this gravy is thickened with flour, it does gel up and get quite thick when refrigerated. But don’t worry, it will loosen a bit upon reheating and you can always add a splash of water or milk to thin it out even more, if needed.

A ladle full of vegetables and gravy being lifted from the pot.
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Vegetables and Gravy

4.86 from 34 votes
Vegetables and Gravy is a simple, no frills recipe that is warm and comforting and can be made with simple, inexpensive ingredients.
Side view of a bowl of vegetables with gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes



  • Peel and cube the potatoes into ¾-inch pieces.
  • Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot with the vegetable broth. Cover the pot, turn the heat on to medium-high, and allow the broth to come up to a boil. Continue to boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, whisk together the milk and flour.
  • Once the potatoes are tender, turn the heat down to medium and add the flour and milk slurry. Also add the soy sauce, thyme, sage, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Allow the liquid in the pot to come back up to a simmer, at which point it will thicken to a gravy.
  • Add the frozen vegetables to the pot, stir to combine, then allow them to heat through.
  • Stir the butter into the gravy until melted and combined. Give the gravy a taste and add salt, pepper, butter or other seasonings to your liking. Serve hot!

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Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSodium: 1381mgFiber: 6g
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Overhead view of a bowl of vegetables and gravy with a piece of bread.

How to Make Vegetables and Gravy

Diced potatoes on a cutting board.

Start by peeling and cubing about 1.5 lbs. russet potatoes. Cut them into ¾-inch cubes.

broth being poured into a pot with cubed potatoes.

Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot and add 2 cups of vegetable broth. Place a lid on top, turn the heat up to medium-high, and bring the broth up to a boil. Continue to boil the potatoes until fork tender (about 7 minutes).

Milk in a measuring cup with a whisk.

While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the milk and flour slurry. Whisk ¼ cup all-purpose flour into 1 cup milk.

Milk being poured into the pot with potatoes and herbs.

Once the potatoes are tender, turn the heat down to medium and add the milk and flour slurry to the pot along with 2 Tbsp soy sauce, ½ tsp dried thyme, ½ tsp dried sage, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Stir to combine.

Thickened gravy being stirred in the pot.

Allow the liquid to come back up to a simmer, at which point it will thicken into a gravy.

Frozen vegetables being poured into the pot.

Add one 12oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables and stir to combine. Allow the vegetables to heat through in the gravy.

Finished vegetables and gravy being stirred in the pot.

Lastly, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the gravy and stir until it has melted in. Give the gravy a taste and add salt, pepper, or more butter to your liking.

Overhead view of a pot full of vegetables and gravy.

Serve it up hot with a little bread for sopping up that delicious gravy! (I garnished with some fresh parsley because I had it on hand, but it’s not necessary to flavor this dish.)

Side view of a bowl of vegetables with gravy with a piece of bread and a spoon.
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  1. This was delicious. I added more herbs because mine lacked a little flavor. But this was creamy and yummy and perfect for a cold night! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is a new favorite. So so so good! And SO easy. Have all the ingredients at home without needing anything wild or special. Thanks for always making easily accessible meals!

    1. I haven’t tried freezing this one, but flour thickened gravies can sometimes separate after freezing and thawing, so I would definitely just try it with one portion first.

  3. Nice and comforting meal. I personally needed more than 1/2 t of salt. Excellent way to get more veggies in. I split a bagged salad with my husband and had 1 and 1/2 bowls of this dish and feel very satisfied, especially for not having meat.

  4. As so many of your other recipes are, this recipe is budget friendly, easy to follow, delicious, and exactly what I needed for my lunch prep for the week! Thank you for sharing these gems 😊.

  5. In my first attempt to make this I discovered, part way through, that I had no milk! I decided to just use water, assuming it would at least be edible. But surprise! It was totally delicious! It’s clear that this is one of those recipes that is a great base that will allow for personal changes and substitutions. Happy to be adding it to my repertoire!

  6. This recipe was easy to make and tasted great. I added a pinch of cajun seasoning at the end and topped off a serving with mozzarella cheese.

  7. I wonder if I could substitute this to make a vegetarian version of chicken pot pie!!!

  8. I’ve made this several times, with no recipe changes, and it’s absolutely perfect.

  9. I make this soup all of the time, no changes needed. I started eating it when I became vegetarian and was struggling to find hardy meals to eat. It’s delicious and is just as good as leftovers.

  10. This was such a yummy comforting meal. I sautéed some onion first instead of using powder and used olive oil instead of butter. I made mine with soy milk and it came out perfect!

    1. Did you use the same amount of olive oil that was asked of butter (2 Tbsp)

  11. This was not good. I really wanted to like this. The herbs are overwhelming. Either the thyme or sage, I can’t really tell. I think if I make this again, I will make it with chicken stock and a lot less spices.

    1. Not sure what it is about those two spices, but most recipes that call for it I find it’s better to halve the called-for amount.