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Sunday Cooking Lesson: Béchamel Sauce - A Family Feast

Sunday Cooking Lesson: Béchamel Sauce (Easy Version)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat milk to scalding but not boiling.
  2. In a larger pan melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour to form a roux. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes until it turns slightly tan and picks up a nutty smell.
  3. Add hot milk one third at a time whipping quickly during each addition. Cook for 30 seconds before adding the second and third addition of the hot milk.
  4. Add seasoning and cook for five minutes over medium whipping often. The final consistency will be creamy and slightly thick.