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Ingredients :

  1. 2 tbsp butter
  2. 2 tbsp flour
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. Cheese ( if required)

Procedure :

  • In a small, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat.
  • Blend 2 tablespoons of flour into the melted butter.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes. Cooking for this length of time will minimize ‘flour’ taste.
  • Slowly add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly.
  • Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened.
  • For thin white sauce, follow the instructions above, but use 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of flour. Thin white sauce is used in cream soups.
  • For thick white sauce, follow the instructions above, but use more (2-3)  tablespoons of butter and 2-3 tablespoons of flour.  For Pastas and Likes


  1. To make the standard Béchamel, after adding the milk to the medium white sauce recipe add 1 small onion studded with 3 cloves, a bay leaf, and a grating of nutmeg.
  2. Light stock, cream, or a combination may be used in place of the milk.
  3. Add more flavor by seasoning with celery salt, nutmeg, a teaspoon of lemon juice, onion juice, or sherry, or a few tablespoons of chopped chives or parsley .
  4. For use with Pasta, you could add Cheese , Mushrooms  and some crushed Oregano  to you white sauce.


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