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Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce)
Level
Easy
Prep
5 minutes
Cook
15 minutes
Servings
12 servings (1/4 cup each)
  • This white sauce recipe is a versatile and useful as a base for making cheese sauce or macaroni and cheese from scratch.
Key Ingredients

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 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 cup water

Make It

Step 1
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 ounces) 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 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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