A basic white sauce is one of the most versatile recipes in cooking. A white sauce can be transformed in a number of ways with various cheeses, wines and spices to enhance a dish. However, the end result is highly dependent on getting the basic recipe right. Here’s a basic recipe with tips for getting a smooth and delicious sauce. The recipe takes about 15 minutes from beginning to end. This recipe yields a white sauce with medium consistency.

  • In a small, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat.
  • Blend 2 tablespoons of flour into the melted butter.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring for three minutes. This will get rid of the floury or pasty taste.
  • Slowly, add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly (you can also use light stock, cream or a combination of the two in place of the milk).
  • Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened.

Note that the butter and flour may be doubled with the result being a thicker sauce or halved for a thinner sauce.

Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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