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Béchamel Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Béchamel sauce, also known as a white sauce, is probably the easiest of all five Mother Sauces to make.
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Vegetarian, Sauces
Servings: 8
Calories: 72 kcal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk room temperature
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  1. Heat a 2- to 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter
  2. Add the flour and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Stirring regularly, bring the sauce to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer until it has thickened for a minute or two. Add a pinch of grated nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground white pepper.
Recipe Notes

This is your base white cream sauce. Stir in some fresh herbs, grated cheese or other seasonings to turn this into various sauces.

Nutrition Facts
Béchamel Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.