How to make creamy white sauce

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    BBC Good Food team

Follow our foolproof guide to making delicious white sauce in minutes.

White sauce, otherwise known as béchamel, can be a lumpy nightmare, but our quick three-step guide makes it easy as pie. Use in lasagne, moussaka and fisherman's pie - all from this simple recipe.  

Step-by-step guide to making creamy white sauce

White sauce recipe

Step one to making tasty white sauceStep one: 

Gently bring the milk to the boil in a small saucepan with the onion, studded with the bay and cloves. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for 20 mins.


Step two to making tasty white sauce. 


Step two:

Melt the butter in another saucepan, then add the flour. Stir continuously until a paste forms – this is called a roux. Continue cooking for 2 mins.

Step three to making a tasty white sauce

Step three:

Remove the onion, bay and cloves from the milk with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the infused milk to the roux gradually, stirring as you go, until you get a smooth sauce. Cook for 5-10 mins, stirring continuously, until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste.

Why not use your white sauce for our classic lasagne recipe - comforting and delicious every time! 

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