Rich Brown Sauce

Rich Brown Sauce

A versatile sauce especially suited to steak.


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Serves: 6 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 2 hrs

Yield: 6 x ½ cup servings

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  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 1 lean bacon strip, chopped
  • 2 medium chopped carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 bouquet garni sachet (herbs & spices, such as parsley, thyme, bay leaf - tied together in cheesecloth)


Sauté onion, bacon, carrot and celery in oil until slightly browned. Stir in flour; cook until flour is brown. Slowly add water stirring to obtain a smooth consistency.

Add tomato paste, stock cubes and bouquet garni sachet. Simmer sauce very slowly for 2 hours stirring occasionally.

Remove bouquet garni and blend or sieve through a strainer. Return sauce to pan and boil to reduce quantity if a very thick sauce is needed.


For special occasions, 1/4 cup red wine, marsala sherry or madeira can be added to vary the flavor.

Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 82 cals
Kilojoules 343 kJ
Fat 3.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 173 mg
Carbohydrates 12.0 g
Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 3.5 g
Protein 2.0 g
Calcium 41.0 mg
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