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White Sauce Recipe

Updated on April 16, 2013
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Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Bechamel sauce, also known as white sauce, is commonly used as a base to create other sauces. Bechamel sauce is popular in French cuisine as well as Italian cuisine.

This sauce base is really quite versatile. Cheese can be added to the sauce, making it an excellent sauce for macaroni and cheese. Herbs and spices can be added to give the sauce flavor, making it excellent over pasta, meats, or other dishes. Mustard is another popular flavoring for bechamel sauce, making it a good companion for fish. It can even be used in soup.

Flavored bechamel sauce over roasted vegetable penne
Flavored bechamel sauce over roasted vegetable penne | Source

Cook Time

Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Varies, depending on usage


  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese was stirred into the sauce pictured above and it was seasoned with a generous pinch of each: salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. It was then drizzled over roasted vegetable penne.
  • For a cheese sauce, slowly stir in shredded cheddar cheese over medium-low heat until the desired consistency has been achieved. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • For a vegan bechamel sauce, use non-dairy milk and a vegan margarine.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  2. Add flour and stir until combined.
  3. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until all milk has been added and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add any other desired ingredients and continue to heat and stir, until thickened.


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    • Audrey Baker profile image

      Audrey Baker 4 years ago from Arizona

      You bet! Thank you for stopping by.

    • Insightful Tiger profile image

      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you for this. I see it is very easy to make a simple sauce and I already have ideas for what ingredients to add to the sauce!