Bechamel sauce

    40 min

    This is a quick and easy béchamel sauce.

    157 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 litre milk
    • 1 dessertspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the flour until smooth. Continue stirring as the flour cooks to a light, golden, sandy colour, about 7 minutes.
    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 not longer tastes of flour, 10 to 20 minutes, then season with salt and nutmeg.

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    Thanks for reminding me of the basic proportions of butter, flour, and milk. Can be seasoned 1000 ways to serve as a base for zillions of dishes. I use it instead of condensed cream of mushroom soup to bind casseroles when I don't want the mushroom taste. With a little nutmeg it is the "creamed" part of creamed spinach. It surrounds the main ingredients in chicken pot pie. It isn't much by itself--its glory is what you can do with it and the rich, comforting texture it gives to a dish, especially casseroles. I looked up the recipe for something to use to bind a salmon casserole, and of course I will add minced onion and seafood-friendly seasonings like Worcestershire to it. If it is too thin for your purpose, simply turn the heat down as low as possible (or put it in the top of a double boiler) and continue cooking and stirring until it thickens more, and/or add grated cheese. For the guy who found it didn't work for pastitsio, that is because the sauce traditionally used for that dish is not actually bechamel, but more of an unsweetened, soft egg & cheese custard. Unfortunately many recipes for moussaka and pastitsio incorrectly refer to the topping as bechamel simply because some flour is used in thickening the milk base (as is done in bechamel) before the egg and cheese are added.  -  09 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This turned out perfectly but you have to be patient and cook it the recommended time. Next time, I might put in a little less salt.  -  27 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was comparing Bechamel Sauce Recipes and this is similar to the one I found on Food Network by Mario Batali which I've made before with the exception of an increase in the nutmeg by 1/4 tsp. This recipe is fabulous and I have added a splash of white wine as I used the sauce for Spinach Lasagna. Decreased the salt to 1 tsp. due to the parm and romano I used with the Ricotta in the filling. Wow and Excellent!!  -  28 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)