White Sauce

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Discover the secret to making the perfect white sauce, known as béchamel sauce, balsamell or besciamella.



  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 60g (2oz) flour
  • 600ml (1pt) milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the flour and stir continuously until a roux (paste) forms. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk while stirring vigorously, until you get a smooth sauce.
  4. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, continuously stirring until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  5. Season to taste and serve with greens.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: French

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