Veggie gravy in a small jug

Veggie gravy

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

Serves 4 (makes about 400ml)

Make this veggie gravy ahead of time and freeze for a later date. It makes an ideal accompaniment to a veggie toad-in-the-hole or nut roast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal139
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
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  • 2 carrots, finely chopped (about 200g)
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  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped (about 200g)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large thyme sprig
  • large knob of butter (or 2 tbsp olive oil)
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  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp Marmite (optional)
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
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  • 1l vegetable stock

Method

  1. Gently cook the veg, herbs and butter in a pan for 10-12 mins until the vegetables start to brown. Scatter over the sugar and continue to cook for 1-2 mins until a little caramelised. Stir in the flour and combine well. Add the Marmite, if using, tomato purée and vinegar. Pour over the stock a little at a time stirring as you go.

  2. Simmer everything together until you have a thickened sauce, this will take about 30 mins. Sieve, then add soy sauce and a touch more Marmite to season and colour, if you like. Will freeze for up to two months.

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