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Easy Béchamel Sauce Recipe

Chef Randy , On September 5, 2022

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Level: Easy

Time: 30min

Cost: Low

Classic Béchamel Recipe Overview

Basic Béchamel sauce is also known as white sauce and is made with only 3-ingreidents: flour, butter, and milk. Creamy classic béchamel sauce is used as a starter for many dishes and is the ultimate foundation for what we like to call comfort food. Casseroles, mac-n-cheese, soufflés, beef lasagna recipes, clam chowder, veggie lasagna recipes – you get the idea, these all are built on the foundation or utilize this sauce. Béchamel is one of the five classic French mother sauces (along with velouté, espagnole, hollandaise, and sauce tomato), but this one found its way to France via Italy. It is reported to have been first used in Tuscany, called “Salsa Colla” (“glue sauce”) because its main purpose was as a binding element in many pasta and vegetable dishes. It was exported to France by Caterina de’ Medici.

Kitchen Tools For This Classic Béchamel Recipe:

  • Large saucepan

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Whisk

  • Silicone spatula

Tools For This Béchamel Recipe.

Béchamel Cooking Tools

Classic Béchamel Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • Salt (optional. To taste.)

How to Make béchamel For vegetarian Béchamel Recipe.

Béchamel Ingredients

How to Prepare Béchamel Sauce

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan (1).
    Add 2 tablespoons of flour (2) and whisk together until the butter and flour mixture forms small bubbles with a faint tint of color, (3) about 2 minutes.
    While on medium heat, slowly add the milk while whisking to incorporate as you pour. Once all the milk is in, whisk in a figure eight motion (4) until creamy and well blended, no lumps. Whisk in the salt.

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    Make the blond roux: Whisk the Milk Until mixture is smooth (no chunks).

  2. Keeping the heat medium, bring the sauce to a simmer with small bubbles breaking the surface and wisps of steam. Keep whisking the simmering sauce for an additional 2 minutes. Too much heat or not enough stirring could make the sauce scorch on the bottom. Keep stirring, then set aside when ready.

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    Even, Slightly Thick Texture When Ready.

  4. Let it rest for about 10 – 15 minutes to solidify a bit.

Common Questions About This Béchamel Sauce Recipe

What is Béchamel used in? Béchamel is a luscious sauce used as a base in casseroles, mac-n-cheese, soufflés, clam chowder, as well as in lasagna recipes.

How do I store Béchamel? Store béchamel sauce in an air-tight container in the fridge for three to four days.

What are the allergens to Béchamel? Béchamel allergens include Wheat and Dairy.

Can I make a vegan Béchamel sauce recipe? To make a vegan béchamel sauce recipe use a milk substitute like almond milk and coconut oil instead of butter. These substitutes will allow you to make a vegan béchamel recipe.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.