How to make a simple white sauce
My straightforward method for how to make a simple white sauce (béchamel sauce) - one of the first things any beginner cook should learn!
Servings: 2 cups
- 45 g (~ 3 tbsp) butter
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 350 ml (~ 1 1/3 cups) milk
- Your choice of flavourings, e.g. salt, pepper, nutmeg, onion, bay leaves (see blog post for details)
Over a fairly low heat, melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add the flour. Mix well to combine, and cook for a minute or so, stirring constantly. Add a dash of milk, and mix until completely combined. Continue to add the milk a little at a time, over the low heat, mixing until smooth each time before adding more. You'll need at least 250ml (1 cup) milk for a very thick white sauce - add more for a thinner sauce.
See the full blog post for more detailed instructions, including how to infuse the sauce with other flavours.
Serving: 1portion | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6.9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4.1g | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 0.4mg