Bechamel Sauce & Cheese Sauce

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Bechamel is a basic sauce recipe. Master this recipe and you can make many different sauces, including a fantastic cheese sauce!

Béchamel sauce is known as white sauce, is made from a white roux (butter and flour) and milk. It is a mother sauce of French cuisine. This simply means it’s the base sauce for other sauces, such as Mornay sauce, which is Béchamel with cheese.
With a medium thickness, this sauce is perfect for mac and cheese. It’s often used in gratins like potatoes and baked vegetables.
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Bechamel Sauce and Cheese Sauce

You can make this white velvety sauce in two easy steps. Make a roux and add gradually your milk. Season with salt.
It’s simply delicious!

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How do you make this sauce?

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in an equal amount of flour
  3. Cook the mixture for just under a minute. This is known as a roux.
  4. Stir in milk, a little at a time, making sure to stir well so that no lumps form.
  5. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly, so that the mixture thickens and becomes glossy.
making a roux in saucepan.
Melt butter, add flour and cook 2 minutes.
adding milk to roux for béchamel sauce.
Add milk and bring to a boil.
whisk in saucepan of white cheddar cheese sauce.
Add 2 c cheese and stir until melted for Cheese Sauce.

Béchamel sauce

Basic Bechamel Sauce (instructions for Cheese Sauce included)

How to make the 'mother sauce' bechamel as well as cheese sauce.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup milk


  • Melt 2 T butter in a sauce pan.
  • Whisk in 2 T self-rising flour. Cook a couple minutes. Do not let brown.
  • Add Salt and pepper.
  • Pour 1 c milk into sauce pan and whisk until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer until thick.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.For Cheese Sauce
  • Add 2 cups you favorite cheese to Bechamel Sauce.
  • Whisk until melted.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Calcium: 34mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I added another cup of milk to make a cheese sauce to pour over savory chicken crepes. Big hit!

    1. It just depends on how saucy you want the noodles. I would use 8 ounces of dry pasta. You can also double, triple, etc that base sauce for as much as you need.

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