Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes!

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Homestyle Sausage Gravy! Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Homestyle Sausage Gravy

Last week I posted about buttermilk biscuits, and now here comes the follow up:

Homemade sausage gravy!

This is another breakfast food that an old friend of mine had to introduce me to in the first few years we dated, and I’m so glad he did – it’s become both my ultimate comfort food and the best way to start a lazy Sunday.

Or any lazy day.

… Which, of course, I try to have as many of as I can.

Today is certainly a lazy day for me – or, more accurately, this whole weekend was lazy. We did most of our July 4th celebrating on Friday, but nothing wears me out quite like alcohol and hot, humid weather, both of which made up about 93% of our Independence Day celebrations.

I can handle a little bit of heat or a little bit of drinking on their own, but together, they are my kryptonite. It drains my energy and takes me days to recover, which means I’ll only have begun to start feeling like myself again come Tuesday morning.

But it was totally worth the cost (fun, friends, and seeing how happy an old friend of mine was to watch things explode) and most definitely worth the reward: I had the perfect excuse to make some gravy and biscuits.

Nothing cures a “good day hangover” more than delicious comfort food, amirite?

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, and if you’re feeling worn out like me, take my advice: whip up a biscuits and gravy recipe, curl up on the couch, and binge watch Netflix for a few hours.

You’ll feel better in no time.

Homestyle Sausage Gravy! Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes! | HomemadeHooplah.com

What kind of sausage should you use?

To make this part easier, I tend to use store-bought breakfast sausage rolls.

And besides, this is a great way to add an extra dose of flavor to your gravy, too, because you could spring for a flavored breakfast sausage.

I know, I know, this point is kinda obvious, but sometimes we get so wrapped up in cooking that we overcomplicate things and look to flavor everything from scratch. Which isn’t a bad thing, of course, but I think we can all agree that a little less effort in the morning is a good thing.

So feel free to have fun with it! There are plenty of delicious flavors of sausage – maple and spicy, just to name a few – that would work great with this recipe!

Can sausage gravy be frozen?

Yes! You can totally freeze this gravy, but I should warn you: gravy tends to taste best on the day it’s made.

To freeze: Allow the gravy to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a freezer bag or sealable container. Store in the freezer for up to three months.

When ready to serve, let gravy thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then heat up in the microwave on in a saucepan on the stove.

notes & tips about this homemade sausage gravy

  • You might have noticed that this recipe is really simple, and that’s the point – it’s supposed to be a base recipe for sausage gravy. So while I personally think this recipe is delicious on its own, if you’re the type that likes to add your own personal touch to a dish, then feel free – this is the ideal recipe to experiment with!
  • If you’re looking for suggestions on how to jazz up this gravy, check the comment section of this page – there’s a ton of great ideas from other readers like you!

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How to make sausage gravy

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large skillet, cook and crumble a breakfast sausage of your choice. Once cooked, drain the excess grease, reserving a small amount.

Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 1 - Add sausage. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 1 - Cook sausage. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 1 - Cook and crumble sausage. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 1 - Cook sausage until browned.

Step 2 – Add cooked sausage back to skillet, including a small amount of the reserved grease. Also toss in the butter and Worcestershire sauce, then allow to cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted.

Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 2 - Add a small amount of sausage grease to skillet. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 2 - Add butter. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 2 - Add Worcestershire sauce. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 2 - Cook together. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 2 - Cook and mix until butter has melted.

Step 3 – Dust the sausage with flour, then use a spatula to toss and coat the sausage. Continue to cook the sausage, stirring frequently, until the flour has absorbed most of the liquid, about three to six minutes.

Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 3 - Add flour. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 3 - Toss to coat sausage in flour. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 3 - Cook until flour has absorbed liquid.

Step 4 – Pour the milk into the skillet, then bring to a boil. Continue to cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until the consistency is thick and creamy.

Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 4 - Add milk to skillet. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 4 - Cook and stir. Homestyle Sausage Gravy Step 4 - Cook until gravy is thick and creamy.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

Homestyle Sausage Gravy! Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Homestyle Sausage Gravy! Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.62 from 123 votes

Homestyle Sausage Gravy

20 mins cook
561 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Get your comfort food fix with this base recipe for classic sausage gravy. Perfect for a lazy morning and ready in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat. Once cooked, drain sausage, but reserve 1 tablespoon of sausage grease and return it to the skillet. Discard any excess grease.
  • Add butter and worcestershire sauce to skillet with sausage heat until butter is melted, stirring frequently.
  • Dust sausage with flour and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is coated and most of the liquids have been absorbed, about 3-6 minutes.
  • Pour milk into the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, for another 5-10 minutes or until gravy thickens to desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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116 comments

    • firemanjim

    Add asparagus cut up and cut up hard build eggs!! Awesome combination . You’ll never look back.

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    I normally make my gravy totally different but was never really satisfied with it so I saw this recipe and WoW!!! It’s easy to make and I love how the Worcestershire sauce makes it taste. Try it!!

    • Christal
    • 4 stars

    My hubby and son in law came in from duck hunting this morning and I had made breakfast, including gravy, using this gravy recipe. I think it was a hit!
    I have always struggled with making gravy but this was so easy! Next time, I don’t think I’ll add the butter. I had enough fat from the Great Value sausage that I used. I like this brand of sausage because it renders very little fat.
    This will definitely be my gravy recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jenny
    • 5 stars

    Delicious. I followed the recipe as it is, except added crushed black pepper. My an old friend of mine and son gobbled it up and said it was the best they have had.

    • Sandy Bruno

    It was so good. I used half and half instead of milk. I’m making a casserole out of it with eggs and cheese on top and cut up biscuits and gravy on the bottom. I added a little bit of beef broth instead of salt.

    • Lisa
    • 5 stars

    This is the same basic recipe I have used for years. I do not drain and I do not use the Worcestershire, but I do add some minced fresh garlic, 2, when I am half way through the browning of the sausage. I have tried many sausages and I have come to the conclusion that Jimmy Dean makes the gravy taste the best!!! Best with Grands Flaky biscuits too.

    • Sage
    • 5 stars

    Oh. My. Lord. Maybe I’m being dramatic but this is literally the best sausage gravy I have ever eaten. 😂🤷🏽‍♀️ I wasn’t sure what to expect, since this is my first time making gravy, but I am pleasantly surprised and I will for SURE be using this recipe in the future.

      • Denise

      Little known fact: if you add chopped fresh or frozen spinach it removes all the calories..And it’s delicious….LOL!

    • Oliver Twist

    Use condensed milk instead of regular milk. Much richer.

    • Gene Finch
    • 4 stars

    A great basic recipe for sausage gravy. Instead of the worcestershire try a teaspoon of kitchen bouquet browning sauce with the browned sausage. You can also use a teaspoon of chicken soup base instead of the salt.

    • Jeanette

    Just made it but I made a smaller amount. The recipe came out great but I added some beef bullion cubes instead of salt nice flavor

    • Jeanette

    They have ground sausage in a tube or at some meat counters

    • Mary M

    At the beginning of your recipe, you mention “store bought sausage rolls” as a convenience – how do you use them to make sausage gravy?
    Thanks!
    Mary

    • Mitchell Kaubisch

    I add a slice of American Cheese… and a couple shakes of Crushed Red Pepper.
    Never added Worchestershire… But will try it!

    • Mitchell Kaubisch

    I add a slice of American Cheese… Never added Worchestershire… But will try it!

    • Elizabeth

    I am a terrible cook, but I just made this gravy easily and used it for the base of a sausage breakfast pizza. It was amazing!!

    • Jeanette

    I love it!! Never made gravy before and it was so easy.. My an old friend of mine is use to it and he even said he’s first attempt was not as good!! Thank you so much 👍😊

    • Ann Winterbottom

    Love this recipe. Have not made the gravy in several years.

    • Dorine
    • 5 stars

    I add minced garlic, salt & pepper. I never drain the grease either.

    • Gary Middleton
    • 5 stars

    You don’t drain the grease i use it

    • Judy
    • 4 stars

    I add sage when I add flour…then brown good before adding milk. Usually use evaporated.