White Sauce

White Sauce

Also known as B├ęchamel sauce, it is versatile and has many uses. Pair it with vegetables, turn it into a creamy casserole or ladle it over seafood or sliced chicken. Serve "as is," make it into a cheese sauce or spice it up with mustard, dill or curry.

Prep Time

05

Minutes

Total Time

10

Minutes

Makes

 

About 1 cup sauce

2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
cups milk
  1. In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute.
Makes About 1 cup sauce
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Thick White Sauce:
Increase butter to 1/4 cup and flour to 1/4 cup.
Thin White Sauce:
Decrease butter to 1 tablespoon and flour to 1 tablespoon.
Cheese Sauce:
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard with the flour. After boiling and stirring sauce 1 minute, stir in 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces) until melted. Serve with eggs and vegetables or over toast for Welsh rabbit. About 1 1/3 cups sauce.
Curry Sauce:
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon curry powder with the flour. Serve with chicken, lamb and shrimp.
Dill Sauce:
Stir in 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed and dash of ground nutmeg with the flour. Serve with fish.
Mustard Sauce:
Decrease butter to 1 tablespoon and flour to 1 tablespoon. After boiling and stirring sauce 1 minute, stir in 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Serve with beef, veal, ham and vegetables.
How to Make White Sauce
1. Stir flour, salt and pepper into melted butter. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. 2. Heat sauce to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 tablespoon)
  • Calories 25
    • (Calories from Fat 15),
  • Total Fat 2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 5mg;
  • Sodium 55mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 0g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.