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Super easy onion gravy recipe using Bisto and it’s PERFECT for pouring all over your bangers and mash! 

I make no apologies for just how simple, quick and cheat-y this recipe is.

Sometimes I want onion gravy and I want it ready in just minutes I don’t want to faff and wait for it to simmer and bubble away to perfection.

I just want to slop it on my sausages and dribble it over my cheat-y Aunt Bessie Yorkshire puddings.

If you fancy making your own, here’s the ‘cough’ recipe! I usually use the ‘posh’ Bisto… you know, the beef one in the glass jar!

cheat onion gravy being stirred with a wooden spoon

Cheat’s Onion Gravy Recipe with Bisto

black le creuset saucepan filled with homemade onion gravy being stirred with a wooden spoon

Ingredients for Onion Gravy

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  • 30g Butter
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 4 tsp Bisto Gravy Granules
  • 300ml Boiling Water

How To Make Onion Gravy

blue, white and orange flour patterned bowl filled with creamy mashed potatoes topped with two cumberland sausages and a dolloped with homemade onion gravy. Pile of sweetcorn nestles around the bottom of the mashed potatoes. Jar of Coleman's English mustard is by the bowl
  • Peel and slice the red onion into half moons – you can do this as thin or as thick as you like.
wooden chopping board with white plate on top filled with red onion cut into thin half moons
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat until it just starts to sizzle.
white plate with red onion chopped into half moons in a pile next to a black le creuset saucepan with melted butter in the bottom and a wooden spoon resting on the side of the pan
  • Tip in the red onions slices.
black le creuset saucepan with butter and sliced red onions tipped into it being stirred with a wooden spoon. Pan is on top of a wooden chopping board
  • Gently fry the onions over a medium heat until they’re softened – stir often so they don’t stick.
black le creuset saucepan with sautéed red onion slices in butter and a wooden spoon resting on the side of the pan
  • When the onions are almost done – add 4 tsp of Bisto Gravy Granules to a measuring jug
dark blue joseph joseph measuring jug with four teaspoons of Bisto best beef gravy granules in the bottom and a stainless steel tea spoon resting on the side of the jug
  • Pour in 300ml of boiling water onto the Bisto Gravy Granules and stir until all the granules are dissolved.
dark blue joesph joseph measuring jug filled with Bisto best beef gravy being stirred with a stainless steel teaspoon
  • When your red onions are cooked through – slowly pour the gravy into the saucepan with the fried onions.
wooden chopping board with black le creuset saucepan on top filled with gently fried red onions in butter, next to the pan is a dark blue joseph joseph measuring just filled with Bisto best onion gravy
  • Return the pan to the hob and continue to stir over a low heat until everything is mixed together and the gravy starts to thicken slightly.
black le creuset saucepan filled with homemade onion gravy using Bisto best beef gravy and red onions
  • The easy onion gravy is ready to serve when it’s thickened slightly.
black le creuset saucepan filled with homemade onion gravy being stirred with a wooden spoon

Variations on onion gravy recipe to try

  • Add some thinly sliced mushrooms with your onions and make a panful of rich, tasty mushroom and onion gravy.
  • Go vegetarian and use vegetarian gravy granules in place of the beef variety.

How to serve onion gravy

blue, white and orange flour patterned bowl filled with creamy mashed potatoes topped with two cumberland sausages and a dolloped with homemade onion gravy. Pile of sweetcorn nestles around the bottom of the mashed potatoes. Jar of Coleman's English mustard is by the bowl
  • Dollop onto sausages – it’s mouthwateringly good with creamy mashed potatoes and Cumberland sausages.
  • Drizzle into Yorkshire puddings.

If you LOVE gravy then you’ll just LOVE these easy family dinners!

  • Sausage Casserole – a super easy sausage stew with braised sausages in a rich onion and carrot gravy – perfect for dinner on a cold day – serve with creamy mashed potatoes and cheat Yorkshire puddings.
  • Slow Cooker Brisket & Gravy – just the BEST way to cook a piece of brisket – slowly simmered in a rich gravy – great for a laid back Sunday Dinner.
  • Beef and Ale Stew – a rustic beef and ale stew you can make in the slow cooker – this rich, filling beef stew is ideal served ladled into bowls with crusty bread to mop up the juices.

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Yield: 4

Cheats Onion Gravy

black le creuset saucepan filled with homemade onion gravy being stirred with a wooden spoon

Delicious, easy onion gravy recipe that's perfect for dolloping on sausages.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 30g Butter 
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 4 tsp Bisto Gravy Granules 
  • 300ml Boiling Water

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice he onion into half moons.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onions until soft.
  3. Mix up the Bisto gravy as per the packet instructions.
  4. Pour the gravy into the saucepan with the onions and simmer for a couple of minutes to thicken.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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Disclosure – the Joseph Joseph nesting bowl – measuring jug set used whilst making this recipe was gifted for review in November 2017 – you can read the Joseph Joseph nesting bowl review here.

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