Mommy’s Mushroom Gravy 3.0

“We love this recipe so much,” write Ann and Jane Esselstyn in their cookbook Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior. “And since it has changed in small, nuanced ways over the years, we continue to refine it in our cookbooks. This recipe uses more onion, more mushrooms, and no alcohol. The flour is also optional as Jane notes she often accidentally forgets to add it and it still turns out delish (though Ann proclaims the flour is a must!).”
From Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior


  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour or whole wheat flour, optional
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a medium pan over medium-high heat, cook the onion. Allow the onion to brown a little while stirring, adding a splash of water to the pan if it starts to burn. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms soften, again adding a little water as needed to keep the mixture from burning.
  • Add 1 cup of the broth to the pan and stir. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of broth with the miso, tamari, and flour (if using), and stir until the miso has dissolved. Add the miso mixture to the pan. Continue cooking until the gravy thickens to your liking. Season with pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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Trace Rickard

I tried this recipe yesterday, it was really yummy, I ate the lot lol, thank you

Nikki Alvarado

Does this work to cook ahead and then reheat?

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A headshot of Jane and Ann Esselstyn

About the Author

Ann Crile Esselstyn, M.Ed., and Jane Esselstyn, R.N.

Ann and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes both for their family and for Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s many grateful patients. They co-authored Be a Plant-Based Woman Warrior and The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, and regularly feature heart-healthy recipes on their popular YouTube channel. Ann developed the recipes for The New York Times bestselling book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Jane is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three. She created the recipe section for the bestselling Plant-Strong and The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet, and co-authored The Engine 2 Cookbook with her brother, Rip Esselstyn. Ann and Jane live next door to each other in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow them on Instagram. Photo by Donna Ruhlman
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