White sauce

Prep: 2 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Makes about 500ml
Every home cook needs a good béchamel sauce in their repertoire - our step-by-step guide shows how to make a roux and get rid of lumps

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per 100ml

  • kcal175
  • fat12g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 onion, halved
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 clove
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour

Method

  1. Gently bring the milk to the boil in a small saucepan with the onion, studded with the bay and cloves (step 1, above). Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for 20 mins.

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

  3. 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 (step 3). Cook for 5-10 mins, stirring continuously, until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste.

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Comments (3)

abcdefghijord's picture
5

Used to do this before finding the recipe but the milk was always guess work, worked out perfect. Great base for many dishes

mwsc11050's picture

I opt for the chuck everything in the pot and whisk until it thickens method which works every time and is much less like hard work.

f2002746's picture

Great recipe for white sauce. Helped me create my best pasta with white sauce to date.

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Tips (1)

abcdefghijord's picture
5

Use a whisk to get any lumps out