How to Make a Classic White Sauce

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How to Make a Classic White Sauce

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Things To Grab

  • Large heavy saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • 1 cup measure
  • Metal spoon

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    Follow these simple steps to make a luxurious white sauce, also known as a béchamel. You can use it as the creamy white base for mac and cheese, lasagna, potatoes au gratin, casseroles, chowders, and so much more.

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    1. Melt Butter:
      Melt 6 tablespoons Hy-Vee unsalted butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat.

    2. Make a Roux:
      Add 6 tablespoons Hy-Vee all-purpose flour to melted butter to make a roux. Slowly cook and stir the roux so it thickens properly when milk is added.

    3. Whisk in Milk:
      Microwave 4 cups milk to almost boiling. Slowly add 1 cup hot milk to the roux, whisking constantly until sauce becomes smooth. Add remaining milk quickly.

    4. Cook and Stir:
      Continue cooking sauce over medium-low heat, whisking often, until bubbles appear around edges of the pan.

    5. Add Seasoning:
      When sauce coats the back of a spoon, remove pan from heat and stir in desired seasonings such as kosher salt, pepper, paprika, or grated nutmeg. If making mac and cheese or a cheesy casserole, stir in cheese whisking until melted. 

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