• 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • Serves 2
  • 127KCAL

Our Gravy is just the best thing to put all over any slimming-friendly roast dinner, whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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Easy Peasy Gravy

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories127
  • Carbs15g
  • Protein2g
  • Fat0.1g
  • Saturates0.02g
  • Sugars3g

Gravy - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

We are Northerners and as you may know, Gravy is basically one of our major food groups ‘up North’!

Since our Gravy IV drip idea isn’t likely to take off anytime soon… say NO to the watery, sad looking gravy substitutes you’ve tried when slimming in the past and say YES to a rich, thick, smooth gravy that complements any dish from roast dinners to bangers and mash! It’s even freezable, so you can make a bit batch and always have emergency Gravy on hand.

Ideal for those following Weight Watchers or calorie counting, you’ll love enjoying this Gravy totally guilt-free.

What diets is this Gravy suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock cubes

You could also enjoy this Gravy if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Gravy?

You really don’t need anything unusual for this recipe. It’s a great way of using up some carrots, potatoes and onions!

We use gravy browning to give the rich colour to this gravy. You can get it in most supermarkets, and it’s normally found with the stock cubes.

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This gravy was amazing- I added a teaspoon of horseradish to give it that little bit extra flavour 😋
Thankyou so much for saving my roast dinners. My husband tried this and actually said it was nicer then Bisto (he never has any other gravy the Bisto!) The only think I did was reduce the amount of fluid after cooking as we prefer a thicker gravy.

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You’ll also need a stick blender or food processor to blend this gravy up and make it super smooth. You can normally get these in large supermarkets, but also online from Amazon.

A fancy gravy jug can really make a difference when serving at the table – great for messy hands!

How many calories are in this Gravy?

There are 127 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Gravy. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place the carrot, onion and potato in a pan and add the water. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. The water should reduce quite a bit.

Step 1

Step 2

Add the stock pots and gravy browning to the pan. Allow the stock to dissolve, then blitz using a hand blender.

Step 3

Serve as part of a balanced meal!

Gravy - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with Gravy?

There are loads of meals which this Gravy would work with! Here are a few suggestions;

Toad In The Hole
Cookbook Quick & Easy
  • 35MINS
  • 355KCal
Beef & Onion Pasties
Easy Peasy
  • 1HR 35
  • 306KCal
Minced Beef Hotpot
Cookbook Budget
  • 1HR 35
  • 422KCal
Roast Beef and Gravy
Easy Peasy
  • 1HR 35
  • 416KCal

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when this Gravy is cooked?

You should cook the vegetables for around 25 minutes on the hob until they are soft. It can then be blitzed up easily!

How long can you keep Gravy in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Gravy in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Gravy?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Gravy?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Our Gravy is just the best thing to put all over any slimming-friendly roast dinner, whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 127
  • Carbs 15G


  • 1 medium carrot peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 onion diced into small pieces
  • 1 medium potato peeled and diced
  • 2 stock pots chicken or beef depending on your choice of meat
  • 4 drops gravy browning add more or less to taste
  • 600 ml water

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  1. Place the carrot, onion and potato in a pan and add the water. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. The water should reduce quite a bit
  2. Add the stock pots and gravy browning to the pan. Allow the stock to dissolve, then blitz using a hand blender
  3. Serve as part of a balanced meal!

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See what others have to say

EmmaThursday 26th April 2018

Would it be possible to replace the potato? Is there any veg that would thicken it up instead?



KelMonday 23rd April 2018

How you be able to cook this in the slow cooker?



Tina WestonWednesday 18th April 2018

I made this, but used Oxo stock pots as that’s what I had to hand. Also didn’t have any of the browning, so I added an Oxo stock cube. Have to say it was delicious ????


GemmaLouiseSunday 1st April 2018

I made this in the soup maker today and it is absolutely delicious!!! Kids ate it all up too. Fab recipe, will definitely make this again. Soon…


NiamhSunday 4th February 2018

Do you need to add the browning colour or is it just optional?


EmmaThursday 1st February 2018

How long will this keep in the fridge please?


Nicola BellThursday 25th January 2018

Thank you! I think you just saved my diet! I blitzed a little cauliflower in there too!


Wendy MoyleSunday 29th October 2017

Can I use a stock cub instead of the stock pot?


Linda goldieThursday 26th October 2017

How can I make this gravy thicker


LizSunday 15th October 2017

How fo you make the gravy


ElaineSunday 15th October 2017

Absolutely delighted with the gravy even Hubby enjoyed it happy days ????


MichelleThursday 21st September 2017

Absolutely amazing!! Just curious as to the comment above the recipe which says it may be a tweak?? Just confused on which part?! Thanks xx


Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

Hi Sophie,

It’s thick and delish! ????


Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Tracy,

So glad you enjoyed it!


Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Vicky,

So glad you enjoyed it!


Tracey Fletcher-BrownSunday 10th September 2017

Thank you, you’ve saved me from tasteless runny gravy ive often tried which have ruined many a roast , family enjoy it too ????


    Emma TSunday 10th September 2017

    Hi Tracey,

    So glad you enjoyed it!


SandraSunday 27th August 2017

Just after making this after finally tracking down the gravy browning. Omg delish!!! Thank you


Sarah RidleySunday 30th July 2017

Where can I buy the gravy Browning please? can’t seem to find it!


JoanneThursday 13th July 2017

I’ve just made and tried this gravy. Thank you sooooooooooooo much. It’s lovely and vitamin packed. I will always make this recipe from now on.


KateTuesday 9th May 2017

Hi Carolyne
Great idea with the chicken. Glad you like it.


BrendaSunday 7th May 2017

If you make it in a soup maker do you put all ingredients in at once?


    KateTuesday 9th May 2017

    Hi Brenda
    Yes you can put everything in at once in a soup maker


RachaelFriday 10th March 2017

Fab, thanks Kate ????


RachaelSunday 5th March 2017

Will it work as well with a veggie stock pot, as I’m veggie ☺️


    KateMonday 6th March 2017

    Hi Rachael
    Yes you can use a veg stock pot. I’ve done the same for our veggie friends


SarahMonday 20th February 2017

I make the gravy and then put my left over chicken from the roast in and cook it for a good 20 mins (no skin or fat). The chicken is sooooo tender and yummy we have it with speed carrots, cauli and broccoli and baked spud ????. Brilliant recipe and if there’s any left over it makes a fab soup for work the next day ????


    KateMonday 20th February 2017

    Hi Sarah
    I like to do the same with leftover roast lamb!


DebbieSaturday 11th February 2017

Beautiful thick gravy, (I don’t like thin runny gravy), tastes just like the gravy I had when I was little. Thank you for the recipe. 🙂


PatSunday 5th February 2017

I do mine in soup maker it’s best gravy I’ve tasted


    AnneSunday 12th March 2017

    How much water do you use in the soup maker ?



DebbieSunday 5th February 2017

I made a big batch ….it’s brill to make in the soup maker…..then freeze in portions


Deborah CareyWednesday 1st February 2017

Doing this right now to go with your toad in.the hole recipe.
I’ve boiled and blended everything, but still a little grainy I texture. Could that be the potato? Maybe I needed to boil a bit longer. I’ve blended it for a good few blitzes.


    KateSunday 5th February 2017

    Hi Deborah
    Yes you may have to cook the potato a bit more as it won’t liquidise quite as well if it’s slightly under cokked


MarianSunday 8th January 2017

I don’t think you can get gravy browing in Ireland can I use anything else ???


    OrlaSunday 15th January 2017

    Marian. You can get it in dunnes or tesco


MarieSunday 1st January 2017

When do you add the drop of gravy browning?


    KateSunday 1st January 2017

    Hi Marie,
    It’s added at the same time as the stock pots. I’ve added it to step 2 in the recipe.


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