Grandpa's Tomato Gravy

Grandpa's Tomato Gravy

Bud W 25

"Handed down from my Grandpa who was born and reared in south Georgia. It is really a sauce (because there is no flour in it) but you can eat it for breakfast over biscuits, eat it at room temperature like a soup at lunch or the way we ate it at his house over rice with hoe cakes for dinner. It is simple to make but tastes so good. It keeps in the refrigerator for several days and I think it tastes better the next day."


1 h servings 163 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 163 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.4g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 650 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the bacon in a Dutch oven, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat starts to cook out, about 2 minutes. Add the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pan. Season with sugar and black pepper. Simmer until the sauce is reduced by at least 1/4 and up to 1/3, 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in the butter just before serving.
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  1. 23 Ratings


This is a very good recipe! I had all I could do to keep my spoon out of it while it was cooking. I thought the texture was very smooth on the tongue. M”Lady gave it a definite large 5 stars...

Thank you for posting this, Bud. My father in law actually made this for me when my husband and I started dating (and he made it for my husband growing up) and I didn't ask him how he made it be...

I made half the recipe and put it over almost stale Italian bread. The only thing I did was add a bit of basil. Great red gravy or sauce or whatever you want to call it. Will make this again....

What a great recipe!I made it this evening and served it over rice and meatloaf.Wow what a great way to jazz up rice.I loved it!I will make this again.Thanks for sharing.

I did not like it, I make tomato graving with flour and water. other wise it's too strong

good over meatballs served with mashed potatoes. very similar my grandmas tomato gravy only she just used a little bacon grease instead of pieces of bacon.

Absolutely delicious! My husband kept talking about this "tomato gravy" (which I had never heard of) that he had ate once. So i found this recipe and he said it tasted almost exactly how he reme...

This is terrific! I made it tonight along with meatloaf, rice, and biscuits and it was wonderful with all of them. I asked my hubby how he would rate it and he said 10 stars (: Thank you so much...

This is EXACTLY like the tomato gravy I grew up with! I love this recipe and am so excited to have stumbled upon it!