+

Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel Sauce

Ingredients (7)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (optional)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups warm whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Try Amazon Fresh
Nutritional Information
  • Calories206
  • Fat15.6g
  • Saturated fat9.6g
  • Trans fat0.47g
  • Carbs11.97g
  • Fiber0.26g
  • Sugar6.19g
  • Protein4.79g
  • Cholesterol42.73mg
  • Sodium292.79mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (4 servings) Powered by

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.

Béchamel, a flour-thickened milk sauce, is one of the basic “mother sauces” of classic French cooking. It’s found in pasta dishes such as Lasagne alla Bolognese and is often used in creamed-vegetable recipes.

Instructions

  1. 1Melt butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Add shallots (if using) and sauté 2 minutes. Do not let brown.
  2. 2Reduce heat to low, add flour, and whisk until smooth and raw taste is cooked off, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Add bay leaf and cook until just thickened, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  3. 3Stir in nutmeg and salt. Season with ground white pepper. Cool sauce slightly. Discard bay leaf before using.
Load Comments

Recommended from Chowhound

The Only Pumpkin Bread I'll Be Eating from Here on Out
Chow with Me

The Only Pumpkin Bread I'll Be Eating from Here on Out

by Hana Asbrink | Welcome to Chow with Me, where Chowhound’s executive editor Hana Asbrink shares all of the irresistible...

Christmas Crack: The Easiest and Most Addictive Holiday Gift
How To

Christmas Crack: The Easiest and Most Addictive Holiday Gift

by Mijon Zulu | Want some crack? I mean, crackle? People who have had it love it and it takes less than an hour to...

Melissa Clark's Maple Syrup Pecan Pie Is a Star
My Go-To

Melissa Clark's Maple Syrup Pecan Pie Is a Star

by Meredith Arthur, Blake Smith, and Jen Wheeler | Pecan pie is right up there with pumpkin pie when it comes to iconic holiday desserts, but it has...