Simple & Wholesome Bechamel Sauce Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Simple & Wholesome Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Bechamel sauce, also known as white sauce, is a classic French sauce that serves as a base for many delightful dishes like lasagna, moussaka, and macaroni and cheese.

Not only is it simple to prepare, but it also boasts health benefits from its basic ingredients like milk and butter, which are sources of essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin A.

This easy recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce, suitable for a family of four.

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Simple & Wholesome Bechamel Sauce Recipe

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  • 2 cups 2 milk (whole or 2%)

  • 2 tablespoons 2 unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons 2 all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 salt (or to taste)

  • A pinch of nutmeg (optional)


  • Warm the Milk:
  • In a separate saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until it’s just about to boil, then remove from heat.
  • Make the Roux:
  • In another saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes until the mixture turns slightly golden.
  • Add the Milk:
  • Gradually add the warmed milk to the roux while continuing to whisk. Ensure there are no lumps.
  • Simmer:
  • Continue to cook the mixture on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until it thickens, for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Season:
  • Add salt and a pinch of nutmeg (if using), and stir well. Your Bechamel sauce is now ready to be used in your desired dish!

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Can I use skim milk for this recipe?

Yes, you can use skim milk, but the sauce may be less creamy and rich.

How can I store leftover Bechamel sauce?

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can this sauce be frozen?

It’s best to use fresh, but it can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

Can I add cheese to make it a Mornay sauce?

Absolutely! Stir in about 1/2 cup of grated cheese after step 5 to turn it into a Mornay sauce.

Is Bechamel sauce gluten-free?

No, but you can use gluten-free flour as a substitute for all-purpose flour to make it gluten-free.

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