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Basic Béchamel (white) sauce Fast2eat Recipe

It’s the best sauce to use with any lasagna and to serve over pasta! It is also used as the base for other sauces and a range of Fast, homey, comforting recipes, and is a versatile, essential sauce that's easy to master.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers & Starters, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: French, Italian
Keyword: 10 Minutes, Basic, Béchamel, Creamy, Easy, easy-to-prepare, Fast, Italian, Quick, Sauce
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 403kcal


  • 2 tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Onion chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic (optional)
  • 3 cup Milk
  • 4 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • Salt to tasty
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • In a medium Saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted.
  • To save time and avoid shedding tears, chop the onion using an Electric Chopper.
  • Cook the onion, Minced Garlic and salt in the butter until tender, stirring frequently.
  • Sprinkle the flour on the butter and onion and stir with a Silicone Whisk until smooth.
  • Let the butter and flour mixture cook for 1-2 minute over medium heat, whisking constantly. That way, your bechamel won’t taste like flour.
  • Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. If you stop whisking, your sauce will be lumpy. Bring to a boil (over medium-high heat).
  • When the consistency of your sauce becomes thick and creamy, remove from the heat and season with salt and nutmeg. Taste seasoning and add salt and/or pepper to taste if need.
  • For a cheesy tasty add Grated Parmesan Cheese.
  • Set aside until ready to use.


Béchamel (white) sauce with chicken broth is a variation of it with a mild flavor of chicken.


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 892IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 679mg | Iron: 1mg