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Classic Béchamel Sauce Recipe (White Sauce)

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This Classic Béchamel Sauce calls for simple ingredients and is incredibly easy. A simple white sauce you can make in minutes.
Course Kitchen Basics
Cuisine Italian
Keyword from scratch, homemade, mother sauce, sauce, white sauce
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 20 servings
Calories 18
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 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 black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 pinch nutmeg freshly grated


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


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg