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Homemade Sausage Gravy Recipe

Scratch made Sausage Gravy makes a flavorful and filling breakfast, brunch or dinner when served over fresh waffles or homemade biscuits. You can change the flavor and spice level of your gravy by your selection of seasoned sausage meat, and how you choose to serve it.

We enjoy this hearty, southern style breakfast gravy over our fresh Light and Crispy Waffles, and it is of course an iconic garnish when paired with warm, Homemade Biscuits. Anyway you choose to serve it up, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your home too.

Waffles And Sausage Gravy
Enjoy Crispy Light Waffles topped with Sausage Gravy for a hearty breakfast or dinner!

What is the difference between Country Gravy and Sausage Gravy?

We have all heard the terms country gravy and sausage gravy, sometimes even being used together. So is there a difference? Actually, there is! It is slight which is why the two are interchanged and often times combined. Country gravy is a bit more of a traditional gravy as it is made without meat. A simple recipe of flour, butter and spices is all that’s needed to create a Country Gravy that can be enjoyed over a multitude of dishes.

Sausage gravy has a base of pork sausage that once cooked has flour and whole milk mixed into it to create a thick gravy. It is traditionally seasoned with salt and pepper, and sometimes, red pepper flakes for added heat. Sausage gravy is of course much heartier and is most often only used to pour over flapjacks, waffles, and biscuits.

Watch our quick video tutorial for how to whip up this hearty breakfast meal

If you would like to pour this Sausage Gravy over crisp waffles, any of the waffles recipes below are low sugar so they lend themselves very well to this savory gravy.

What makes Sausage Gravy thicker?

The secret to any thick gravy is the flour ratio. If you have a thin gravy simply add more flour while constantly whisking to blend it in. Do this slowly, if you add too much flour it can become a noticeable flavor.

If you prefer not adding any additional flour you can use a cornstarch and water mix. Mix roughly 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 3/4 cup of water and whisk it into the thin gravy. Allow it to cook a bit longer so that it can thicken.

Sausage Gravy And Biscuits

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy are a well loved American breakfast combination.

The Quick N Easy Baking Powder Biscuit recipe pictured below uses my Homemade Coconut Oil Baking Powder Mix. It has a shelf life at room temperature of 6 months and creates fluffy biscuits that are great with everything from jams and marmalades to bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches.

What do you add to Sausage Gravy to make it taste better?

The main factor in the flavor of your sausage gravy will be the seasoning of the sausage. You can find sweet maple breakfast sausage, hot pepper sausage or traditionally seasoned sausage with thyme, sage, fennel and nutmeg.

If you are looking to liven it up even more you can add a bit of Worcestershire sauce or apple cider vinegar for a more complex flavor, additional red pepper flakes for added heat, and additional aromatics like onion or basil to enhance the experience.

Waffles With Sausage Gravy
Crispy light waffles with Sausage gravy

What else is Sausage Gravy good with?

Although Sausage Gravy is most often paired with breakfast foods like biscuits, waffles or flapjacks, it is wonderfully versatile and can accompany a variety of dishes depending on your preference. Some other popular options would be

  • Breakfast potatoes or hash browns
  • Make a plate of breakfast nachos with tortilla chips
  • Drizzle over English Muffins
  • Pour over a thick slice of Texas style toast
  • Enjoy with a side of grits
  • Pair with over easy eggs and fried potatoes
  • Pour over a Bacon Frittata
  • Make a cheesy biscuit and gravy breakfast casserole
Savory Waffles And Gravy
Delicious gravy over crispy light waffles.

How to make the Sausage Gravy

Ingredients Notes:

  • Any bulk Italian sausage or your favorite breakfast sausage will work.
  • Fresh chopped garlic is a better choice than garlic powder. You’ll enjoy the texture and increased flavor of the garlic bits in the gravy.
  • Add any additional seasoning you prefer, but be mindful of the base flavors that are in the sausage.
  • Green onions are a wonderful addition to this at serving. Little power bits of onion are just great over the top of the gravy.
Waffles With Sausage Gravy
Sausage gravy over waffles is a filling meal and SO flavorful.

Here is your visual walkthrough for this recipe. The printable recipe card has complete details for you.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add your sausage and seasonings.
  2. While it’s cooking mince the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the garlic and two of the chopped onions in with the sausage and chop it all up until the sausage is thoroughly evenly chopped with the onions and garlic. The sausage should be in very small evenly sized pieces.
  4. Whisk together the flour milk, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the milk mixture into the skillet over medium high heat stirring frequently.
  6. Bring to a boil and then Immediately reduce heat to simmer. Thicken to your desired consistency then remove from heat.
  7. Pour the gravy over your waffles or biscuits.

Your Printable for Sausage Gravy Recipe:

Waffles And Sausage Gravy
Yield: 5

Sausage Gravy Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sausage gravy makes a flavorful and filling breakfast, brunch or light dinner when served over waffles or biscuits. It's easy to make and very popular with the family. Great Breakfast for dinner recipe.


  • 16 oz bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Chipolte seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Sausage Gravy

  1. In a large skillet, put the bulk sausage and seasonings and turn to medium.
  2. While it's cooking mince the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the garlic and two of the chopped onions in with the sausage and chop it all up with your spatula until the sausage is thoroughly, evenly chopped with the onions and garlic. The sausage should be in very small evenly sized pieces.
  4. Whisk together the flour milk, salt and pepper and pour into the skillet stirring constantly.
  5. Immediately reduce heat to simmer. When thickened to your taste the gravy is done.

To serve:

  1. Pour the gravy over biscuits or waffles. Garnish with onions.


Serve this Gravy over Crispy Light waffles, , Five of heart waffles or our Sourdough waffles for a full rich flavor.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 359Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 63mgSodium 1166mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 15g

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Thursday 7th of May 2015

What a great creative recipe. You have turned waffles into a great meal for lunch or dinner. Brilliant! Looking forward to seeing you at #putebloglove this week. ~Cydnee


Thursday 7th of May 2015

Thanks Cydnee! I'll be there!

Sara Brennan

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Very Interesting and different. I would like to try something like this :)


Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Thank you Sara! This is a great filling meal full of flavor!

Marjie - Home Again Jiggety-jig!

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

This is the first time I've seen sausage gravy made with Italian Sausage, and I know it has to be so Yummmmmmy! You managed to make a picture of gravy very pretty - that's a tough thing to do!


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Thank you Marjie. It really is a good gravy


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

True comfort food! This looks delicious.


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Thank you Nicky

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