Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy – A Tomato Gravy Recipe with Milk

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Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.

I’ve heard of tomato gravy off and on over the years but never had the opportunity to try it myself.  Then one day, I was perusing my Amish Cook Book, and I spotted a very simple tomato gravy recipe.

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect when making old fashioned tomato gravy.

It actually tastes like a cream-based tomato soup. In my house, that’s a homerun because all three of my kiddos love tomato soup. So any meal that is reminiscent of tomato soup is sure to be a favorite among my family.

Tomato Gravy with Milk Recipe

This Amish Tomato Gravy recipe using tomato juice. I had just gotten through making Tasty Green Beans, and so I had some extra tomato juice sitting in the refrigerator ready to be used up.

There’s many versions of old fashioned tomato gravy recipes out there which means this recipe is truly very versatile.

Instead of tomato juice, try using a can of diced tomatoes (undrained) or five to six fresh tomatoes that have been diced.

Also, this tomato soup gravy calls for sugar as an optional ingredient. In my book, I think you should add it every time since tomatoes are very acidic and sugar helps to cut the acid. This is a trick I use in almost any recipe (including this awesome Ground Beef Goulash) that calls for tomatoes or canned tomatoes.

The tomato gravy with sugar takes it above and beyond.

If you want to get fancy, you could also try adding garlic powder, garlic salt, bacon grease, butter, or anything else your heart desires.

Tomato Gravy Ingredients

Tomato Juice

Water

Cream (heavy or half and half)

Milk (preferable whole)

Flour

Salt

Sugar

How to Make Tomato Soup Gravy

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for tomato soup gravy, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. In a small saucepan, combine tomato juice and water. Heat until boiling.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Whisk in cream to flour mixture until smooth; add milk and mix well.
  4. Pour cream mixture into hot tomato mixture, heat until boiling and thick, stirring constantly.
  5. Serve over toast points, biscuits, crackers, or fried potatoes.

Notes About Tomato Gravy with Sugar:

  • Tomato gravy tastes similar to a cream-based tomato soup recipe.
  • Heavy cream or half and half can be used for the cream ingredient.
  • Whole milk works best for a thicker southern tomato gravy recipe.
  • Amish Tomato Gravy can be served over toast points, bread, crackers, rice, fried potatoes, rice etc.
  • Substitute a can of diced tomatoes with the juices or 5-6 fresh tomatoes for tomato juice if desired.
  • Sugar is an optional ingredient, though highly recommended.
  • Consider jazzing up this basic tomato gravy recipe by adding garlic powder, bacon grease, or Italian seasonings as just a few examples.
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What can you do with tomato juice?

Tomato juice is not only a healthy drink but also a versatile ingredient for many recipes.

Try pouring yourself a big glass of tomato juice to drink along with your breakfast, or use it in a tasty Bloody Mary cocktail.

Leftover tomato juice is not only the base of a tasty tomato gravy, but it can also be added to any tomato based soup recipe such as chili, taco soup, or vegetable soup.

Tomato juice can also be used in casseroles as a nutritious ingredient.  Try adding it to Ground Beef Noodle Bake or Hamburger Chili Hot Dish.

Lastly, consider using leftover tomato juice in a stew such as Hamburger Goulash or 5 Hour Beef Stew.

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Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
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Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy - A Tomato Gravy Recipe with Milk

Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old fashioned tomato gravy, tomato gravy, tomato gravy with milk, tomato gravy with sugar, tomato soup gravy
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cream (heavy or half and half)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  • Place tomato juice and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour and salt.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • Add cream, and whisk until smooth.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • Pour milk into cream mixture, and mix well.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • Add cream mixture to boiling juice.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • Heat until boiling and thick, whisking constantly.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.
  • Serve over toast, biscuits, rice, crackers or fried potatoes.
    Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.

Notes

  • Tomato gravy tastes similar to a cream-based tomato soup recipe.
  • Heavy cream or half and half can be used for the cream ingredient.
  • Whole milk works best for a thicker southern tomato gravy recipe.
  • Amish Tomato Gravy can be served over toast points, bread, crackers, rice, fried potatoes, etc.
  • Substitute a can of diced tomatoes with the juices or 5-6 fresh tomatoes for tomato juice if desired.
  • Sugar is an optional ingredient, though highly recommended.
  • Love gravy recipes? Try our SOS- also known as Easy Chipped Beef Gravy

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Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy is an Amish recipe that gets served over toast, biscuits, crackers or fried potatoes. This Tomato Gravy Recipe calls for tomato juice, cream, milk and sugar.

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  1. My grandmother also called it lifesaver gravy. When they came in from the field,tired and hungry, tomato gravy and pan of biscuits was a lifesaver! It tastes the best.

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