How to make bechamel (white sauce)

We show you how to make a classic roux then stir your way to a perfect white sauce, which can be easily adapted into a rich, creamy cheese sauce.

Points to remember

  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in an equal amount of flour and cook the mixture for just under a minute - known as a roux.
  • Stir in milk, a little at a time, making sure to stir well so that no lumps form.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly, so that the mixture thickens and becomes glossy. Boil for a couple of minutes.
  • To make a cheese sauce, add grated cheese off the heat. Season well.