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How to make a basic white sauce (or bechamel)

Recipe - white sauce bechamelKnowing how to make a basic white sauce – also known as bechamel sauce – will open up a whole new world of cooking for you.

It is the base sauce for many French dishes but you are probably more likely to come across it in a lasagne or poured over some cauliflower – delicious! It is the sauce you need for this delicious macaroni and cheese recipe or you can just add some grated cheese, shredded roast chicken, cooked pasta and Italian parsley for a quick meal to use up some leftover roast chicken.

Anyway – here’s the recipe for basic white sauce …

How to make a basic white sauce (or bechamel)


  • 30g butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pepper


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat
  2. Add flour and cook - stirring constantly - for one minute (be careful not to let it brown)
  3. Remove pan from the heat and add milk gradually while stirring into the flour/butter mix (also called a roux)
  4. Return the pan to the heat and stir constantly until the sauce thickens - should take about five minutes
  5. Season to taste with pepper

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