Basic white sauce

Basic white sauce


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About this recipe: You can dress this basic sauce up with blue cheese and herbs, for example – this can really make an impact and turn a meal into something special.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 4 

  • 55 g (2 oz) butter
  • 55 g (2 oz) plain flour
  • 600 ml (1 pint) semi-skimmed milk
  • Salt and black pepper

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Gradually pour in the milk, stirring or whisking constantly.
  2. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, still stirring or whisking. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve or use immediately.

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Reviews (8)


easy to make and very thick I used it for a white sauce on home made lasagne,perfect! - 20 Mar 2011


i tried this it is a brilliant recipe, came out really well. Would suggest more milk than is on the recipe though, as it makes it easier to mix. - 05 Aug 2013


really good for carbonara added bacon and mushroom tasted lovely!! - 04 Dec 2014

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