This Classic Béchamel Sauce calls for simple ingredients and is incredibly easy. A simple white sauce you can make in minutes.

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What Is Béchamel Sauce?

A béchamel or “white sauce” is one of 5 classic “mother sauces”. It consists of simple ingredients like; butter, flour, milk and a pinch of nutmeg. It can be used as is or mixed with herbs or pestos. Typically I like to use it in lasagnas but it’s the perfect blank canvas for whatever your needs are. 

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Add fresh herbs or pestos to it for a burst of herbaceous freshness.

To Make This Classic Béchamel Sauce You Will Need:

  • unsalted butter
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • whole milk
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • nutmeg (whole clove)

In a 10-inch skillet, over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter.

Sprinkle in 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour and whisk to incorporate.

Continue whisking while slowly pouring in 1-1/4 cup whole milk. Whisk, whisk and whisk some more until there are no visual lumps.

Season with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper and grate in a pinch or so of fresh nutmeg. The nutmeg adds a subtle warmth to the sauce.

Whisk continuously until the sauce starts to thicken. This should only take a few minutes.

Perfection!

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Remove off of the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning to your preference.

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Classic Béchamel Sauce Recipe (White Sauce)
Yield: about 1-1/3 cups

Classic Béchamel Sauce Recipe (White Sauce)

This Classic Béchamel Sauce calls for simple ingredients and is incredibly easy. A simple white sauce you can make in minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a 10-inch skillet, over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Sprinkle in flour and whisk, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. While whisking, pour in milk. Whisk slightly aggressively to break up any lumps until smooth.
  4. Heat, while continuing to whisk until the sauce begins to thicken. About 2 to 4 minutes.
  5. Remove off of the heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/3 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 166mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g