Basic Bechamel

A bechamel sauce is a basic white sauce.  It is a starting point for making other sauces. Made from a roux (butter and flour) and milk, it is a sauce that I use quite frequently.  It is my base for making lasagna, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and gratins.  It is such a great sauce to know how to make and use.

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup.  I usually double the recipe, just in case.


2   Tablespoons unsalted butter

4   teaspoons all-purpose flour

1 1/4   cups whole milk

1/4   teaspoons salt

1/8   teaspoons freshly ground pepper

Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg



  1.  Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  2.  Add flour, whisking until smooth.
  3.  Cook on low for about a minute, whisking constantly.
  4.  Add milk, whisking until smooth.
  5.  Increase heat, let simmer until sauce is thickened (usually about 5 minutes).
  6.  Whisk in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

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