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Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)

This white sauce recipe is a versatile and useful as a base for making cheese sauce or macaroni and cheese from scratch.

Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)
  • Prep Time
  • Cooking Time
  • Skill Level
    Easy
  • Makes
    12
    servings (1/4 cup each)
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

MELT butter in small saucepan. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add evaporated milk and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil.
Recipe makes 3 cups.

FOR HERB SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, adding 1 clove finely chopped garlic to butter. Add 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, basil or sage to flour mixture. Proceed as above. Makes 1 cup.

FOR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Eliminate the salt. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded or cubed processed cheese product until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

FOR CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE:
PREPARE
1 cup White Sauce, decreasing butter and all-purpose flour to 1 tablespoon each and the water to 1/3 cup. Proceed as above. Stir in 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.