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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!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Miscellaneous
Cuisine: British, French
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 45 g (~ 3 tbsp) butter
  • 3 tablespoon plain flour
  • 350 ml (~ 1 ⅓ 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