Grandpa's Tomato Gravy


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
10 servings


  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
11g Fat
9g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 396mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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