Béchamel Sauce

Looking for an Italian pasta sauce? Then check out this rich and creamy white sauce that can be made ready in just 10 minutes!

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter or margarine
2
cups milk
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Heat margarine in 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat until melted and bubbly. Shake milk, flour, salt and pepper in tightly covered container. Gradually stir into margarine. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

For a Reduced-Fat Béchamel Sauce, decrease margarine to 2 tablespoons and use skim milk. Stir in 2 teaspoons butter-flavored sprinkles before serving.

Béchamel is a basic white sauce that can be used as a base for many other sauces. For a cheesy sauce, substitute 1 cup half-and-half and 1 cup chicken broth for the milk. After boiling and stirring 1 minute, stir in 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or shredded Swiss cheese.

Pasta Pairings with Béchamel Sauce: Flat, narrow and thin pastas are ideal for this rich and creamy sauce because they won't trap too much of the sauce. Try fettuccine, linguine, spaghetti or vermicelli. You also can use this sauce in place of Alfredo sauce in recipes such as Capellini with Lobster (#38503--V) and Swiss Capellini Tart (#38525--V).

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
500mg
500%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.