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White Sauce Recipe
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White Sauce
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  • READY IN 15 mins

White Sauce

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"I learned to make white sauce in Home Ec too many years ago to count. It can be used as a base for lots of dishes. I use it for macaroni and cheese for my granddaughter."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir until the butter and flour are well combined. Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens. Add more milk depending on desired consistency.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 02, 2007

The classic white sauce. Add cheese for a cheese sauce. Other sauces based on this would use tomato puree or lemon or egg yolk. People shouldn't give this a lower rating because it is bland. White sauce is by definition bland because it is used as a base or starter for other sauces. Works perfect for a macaroni and cheese base, add about half a block of Velveeta and it's a great sauce.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 29, 2011

I liked this recipe.....it is bland and definiently needs something... As a base recipe it is perrfect. i added cheese to this and made an alfredo sauce

Sep 18, 2007

This was so easy and a great base. We were having Shrimp so I added crushed garlic, parm cheese, parsley and pepper. Next time I will add tomato and bacon and have it over penne pasta.

Aug 24, 2008

I have used this recipe for many years (about 50) and I learned how to make it from my mother, so it's been our family for a long time. I make a thinner sauce sometimes and use it for a cream soup base. It's a recipe that every child needs to learn :)

Jan 09, 2008


Dec 11, 2006

There is a reason this is a highly rated sauce....its called a béchamel and is a basic french cooking sauce. Been around forever and ever.

Apr 16, 2007

Great starter white sauce, texture was perfect. I added salt, pepper, nutmeg, fresh crushed garlic, bacon and parmesan. Next time i will add green onions and shrimp instead of bacon.

Jan 10, 2004

A simple, easy and very versatile sauce. I added Pepper Jack cheese to the sauce along with a few seasonings and served over filled crepes. Good Carolyn and thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 48 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 33 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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