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Creamy Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel is an amazing sauce option for just about anything that needs a creamy, rich, decadent boost. It’s simple to prepare and tastes like heaven.


Makes: About 1 quart

Skill Level: Easy

Time to Make: 10-15 minutes


5 tablespoons butter

6 tablespoons flour

4 cups heavy cream or milk

Salt and white pepper to taste


Prepare the Béchamel: Add the cream to a small saucepan and turn the heat to low. Set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to incorporate. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, but not overly browned.

Whisk in the warm heavy cream and continue whisking until smooth. Bring the mixture to a very low boil and immediately turn the heat to low. Continue whisking as the sauce thickens.

Cook for 2-3 more minutes or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency (it should be thick).

Taste and season with salt and white pepper. Serve immediately. Note: if you need to set the sauce aside as you finish up the rest of the meal, you can cover the top with wax paper to prevent a skin from forming. Gently reheat the sauce and whisk as necessary for a smooth consistency.

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