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Quick and Easy Roast Beef Gravy

My roast beef gravy recipe is savory, delicious and comforting. It’s super easy and you can make it in minutes. It takes a slow cooker Roast Beef dinner over the top when you add this deliciously easy beef gravy over mashed potatoes!

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Beef Gravy from Roast Drippings (or beef broth).

If brown beef gravy is one of those recipes that has always intimidated you, you’re going to love my easy brown gravy recipe.

Should I Use Beef Roast Drippings or Broth?

The most flavorful way to start brown gravy for roast beef is from roast beef drippings (or jus) left in the slow cooker or roasting pan after you’ve finished cooking a roast.

But, the good news is, if you don’t have drippings, or not enough drippings, you can create the same rich, savory beef stock gravy recipe with some beef broth and a little beef base or bouillon.

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Gravy for Beef Roast can be made from beef stock or broth if you don’t have drippings.

The Ingredients

  • Drippings left from Slow Cooker Roast Beef or Roast Beef roasting pan (or store-bought beef broth if you don’t have pan drippings)
  • Better than Bouillon Beef Base (or your preferred bouillon)
  • corn starch
  • water
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FAQ’s About Making this Brown Gravy Recipe

Is it better to use flour or cornstarch when making brown gravy for roast beef?

I prefer cornstarch for beef gravy. In this beef gravy recipe, cornstarch creates a thickened sauce that is translucent and glossy, without diluting the beefy flavor.

Flour technically works, but it creates a thicker, more opaque brown gravy that needs to cook longer to cook out the flour taste.

What can I substitute for the Beef Base?

You could try a combination of beef bouillon cubes and Worcestershire sauce, though the beef base gives superior flavor.

How to Make Easy Beef Gravy from Roast

  1. To start your gravy for beef roast, bring the slow cooker drippings, or beef broth, to a boil and then reduce to medium heat.
  2. Whisk in beef base (or bouillon and Worcestershire sauce). My personal preference for making beef gravy, though, is Better than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base.
  3. Create a slurry by whisking the cornstarch into the cold water.
  4. Slowly pour the slurry into the simmering pan drippings, whisking as you go.
  5. Continue whisking until every thing is smooth and your gravy comes together. The gravy will begin to thicken as it heats. Let it cook another 1-2 minutes and then it’s ready to serve. Look at that beautiful homemade gravy! Yum!
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How to Use My Roast Beef Gravy Recipe

There! Now you know how to make gravy with beef broth. And you’re going to love all the different ways you’ll be able to use it.

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Making gravy from roast beef juices is an easy skill to master. There’s nothing more comforting than a crockpot roast with potatoes and carrots. And, this is the best gravy to serve with them. Sunday dinner cooked entirely in the slow cooker. Easy prep. Easy clean-up. Delicious comfort food! You can do this!

Enjoy homemade Beef Gravy on your favorite meats and side dishes.

If there’s a potato in any shape or form on your plate, this gravy is MADE for it.

Plus, it’s also great on noodles or rice.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

They only have four ingredients, but these creamy mashed potatoes taste like a million bucks!

My family loves beef gravy with moist Slow Cooker Roast Beef, with Mississippi Pot Roast and drizzled over Hot Beef Sandwiches.

Another favorite is to mix leftover gravy and roast beef into egg noodles for a scrumptious Beef and Noodles supper made from leftovers!

Mississippi Pot Roast

A melt-in-your-mouth tender twist on roast beef. It’s an easy slow cooker main dish with only 5 ingredients.

Hot Beef Sandwich

A delicious open-faced sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. This may be a Midwest phenomenon. There are a lot of folks who don’t seem to know what a wonderful delicacy this simple dish of leftovers is.

The Recipe

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Easy Beef Gravy

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  • Author: glendaembree
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 cups pan drippings from Easy Slow Cooker Roast Beef recipe (or store-bought beef broth)
  • 34 teaspoons Better than Bouillon Beef Base (or your favorite bouillon)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch


  1. Bring your beef drippings or broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and allow the broth to simmer.
  2. Add the beef base or bouillon, stirring to dissolve.  Taste and see that the stock has the level of “beefiness” you want.  If not you can add more, one teaspoon at a time.
  3. Continue on medium heat and let the broth simmer while you make the cornstarch slurry.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water to create a smooth slurry.  The water MUST be cold to prevent lumps in your gravy.
  5. Slowly whisk the slurry into the broth and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and begins to thicken.
  6. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Sauce, Condiment
  • Cuisine: American
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6 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Roast Beef Gravy”

  1. Delicious and easy to make
    Perfect instructions
    I made a roast in the crock pot and had left and made this gravy and heated the roast in the gravy
    Had it over rice – would have equally delicious over creamed potatoes


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