3 tbs oil (use olive oil and you can tell yourself the gravy is healthy)
5-6 tbs flour
2 cups beef broth (or chicken broth if you're making something chicken-ish with it)
1/8 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Put oil in a medium pan. Add flour slowly and whisk to mix until dissolved. Heat on med-high for a minute or so, stirring constantly. Add broth, stirring well so it's not lumpy. Add paprika, salt and pepper and stir. Heat to boiling, reduce to a simmer, and let it simmer for 5-10 min or so, stirring often.