This recipe came about after I had tried sticksnscones gravy (here:https://food52.com/recipes...), then Minimalist Baker's Lentil Mushroom Stew (here: https://minimalistbaker.com/lentil-mushroom-stew-over-mashed-potatoes/ ). The grocery store I live next to doesn't carry dried mushrooms, and I don't plan weeknight meals ahead of time. That also means that I have to use the entire can of tomato paste in 1 night, or I'll probably waste it.
I didn't have time to simmer this with thickener, or make mashed potatoes, and it's really important to me that my stew broth be thick and hearty instead of brothy, so I started by making a gravy base, and that's where sticksnstones gravy came in. —Audrey Waller