Make a Meat Sauce

Simple Meat Sauce Using a Roux

Contributor: Lyndsay Burginger

Find out how to make a delicious ground beef and gravy that can be used in a whole bunch of dishes.

  • Author: Lyndsay Burginger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 and ½ lbs. ground chuck
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth (low sodium)
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


  1. In medium sauté pan, on medium-high heat, heat oil. Add the onions and carrots and cook stirring occasionally until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and stir. Immediately add in the ground beef, salt and pepper. Stir occasionally and cook the meat through, about 7-8 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  2. To meat, add flour and tomato paste. Stir until incorporated and cook for 1-2 minutes to dissolve flour. Add in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally until very thick, 2-3 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs. Taste and season with salt and pepper.