Recipe: Basic Gravy

Makes 4 cups.


2 Tbsp. minced carrot
2 Tbsp. minced celery
2 Tbsp. minced onion
4 white mushrooms, minced
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
4 cups broth
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste


Sauté minced vegetables in oil until soft; add thyme. Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold broth. Add remaining broth to vegetables and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, and cook until thick, about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Can be made up to 1 hour ahead of time and kept warm until needed. Stir in more broth if it thickens up too much.