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)

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

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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.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 7g 11%
  • Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 160mg 7%
  • Carbohydrates 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 8%
  • Iron 0%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 2g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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