Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel, or white sauce, is a cooked mixture of butter, flour, and milk. It is one of five mother sauces, a rich, flavorful base that can be used on its own or to create different sauces. Bechamel is used in dishes like mac and cheese, lasagna, and cheese souffle to add a wonderfully creamy element. 



PREP: 3 minutes

COOK: ~ 20 minutes


5 tbspbutter (unsalted and lactose free recommended)
1/4 cupall-purpose flower (gluten free recommended)
3 cupsmilk (2% lactose free recommended)
1/4 tspnutmeg powder
1/4 tsppepper (black or cayenne)
no salt added! Add pepper as needed to taste…


  • Step 1 – Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk into the melted butter until smooth. Cook and stir until flour turns a light, golden, sandy color, about 7 minutes.
  • Step 2 – Increase heat to medium-high and slowly whisk in milk until thickened by the roux. Bring to a gentle simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the flour has softened and no longer tastes gritty, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with nutmeg and pepper.

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