Vegan Marsala Mushroom Gravy (Oil-Free)

Mashers are my go-to comfort food on cool days like today. Before going plant-based, these would have been full of butter and milk. And gravy? I could whisk up a roux like nobody’s business.

It may seem too good to be true, but today’s dish contains only a tiny amount of fat (from the soy milk) and absolutely no animal products. And it is even more flavorful and satisfying than the traditional preparation.

Marsala Mushroom Gravy

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup Marsala cooking wine

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon of each: garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or quartered

1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 cup soy milk

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Whisk together the first five ingredients in a non-stick skillet and bring to a boil. Add the garlic, mushrooms and Italian seasoning and saute until mushrooms are tender, about 3 minutes.

Whisk together the milk and cornstarch and slowly stir into the mushroom mixture, lowering the heat and stirring until sauce reaches gravy consistency. This should take only about a minute or two. Check for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Consistency may be adjusted by adding a little water if sauce becomes too thick.

This gravy is amazing on potatoes, rice and other grains like cous cous. It is decadent at brunch over scrambled tofu and home fries. I could really just eat it by the spoonful. Yum!

Recipe adapted from The Happy Herbivore Everyday Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon


    1. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. I find it quite addictive. I like to make a tempeh meatloaf bowl: Put a bit of gravy in the bottom of a microwavable container, add a big dollop of mashers, a few hunks of loaf and a bit more gravy, and take it to go. Heaven! Thanks for your interest. –Melanie

      1. Stop it, you’re killing me!!! You’re talking to the girl who’s favorite food is mashed potatoes (shh, it’ll ruin my image) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Marsala is an Italian cooking wine that can be found in most liquor stores, but also many grocery stores carry cooking wines in the vinegar section. It is sometimes confused with the word for the Indian spice blend, masala. Thanks for stopping by, Rita. I hope you try this easy recipe ๐Ÿ™‚