I learned to make white sauce in Home Ec too many years ago to count. It can be used as a base for lots of dishes. I use it for macaroni and cheese for my granddaughter.

CJO
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir until the butter and flour are well combined. Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens. Add more milk depending on desired consistency.

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Nutrition Facts

47.8 calories; 1.2 g protein; 2.9 g carbohydrates; 10.1 mg cholesterol; 33 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
The classic white sauce. Add cheese for a cheese sauce. Other sauces based on this would use tomato puree or lemon or egg yolk. People shouldn't give this a lower rating because it is bland. White sauce is by definition bland because it is used as a base or starter for other sauces. Works perfect for a macaroni and cheese base, add about half a block of Velveeta and it's a great sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2011
I liked this recipe.....it is bland and definiently needs something... As a base recipe it is perrfect. i added cheese to this and made an alfredo sauce Read More
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480 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 405
  • 4 star values: 58
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
The classic white sauce. Add cheese for a cheese sauce. Other sauces based on this would use tomato puree or lemon or egg yolk. People shouldn't give this a lower rating because it is bland. White sauce is by definition bland because it is used as a base or starter for other sauces. Works perfect for a macaroni and cheese base, add about half a block of Velveeta and it's a great sauce. Read More
(861)
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
This was so easy and a great base. We were having Shrimp so I added crushed garlic, parm cheese, parsley and pepper. Next time I will add tomato and bacon and have it over penne pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2008
I have used this recipe for many years (about 50) and I learned how to make it from my mother, so it's been our family for a long time. I make a thinner sauce sometimes and use it for a cream soup base. It's a recipe that every child needs to learn :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2008
COMBINE FLOUR AND WATER IN A MASON JAR. sHAKE AND ADD TO PAN. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
There is a reason this is a highly rated sauce....its called a béchamel and is a basic french cooking sauce. Been around forever and ever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2007
Great starter white sauce texture was perfect. I added salt pepper nutmeg fresh crushed garlic bacon and parmesan. Next time i will add green onions and shrimp instead of bacon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2004
A simple easy and very versatile sauce. I added Pepper Jack cheese to the sauce along with a few seasonings and served over filled crepes. Good Carolyn and thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2003
This recipe is very good and goes very good with any kind of cheese to make a very good cheese sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2008
This needed a lot of fresh chopped basil and parsley for flavor. Topped with grated parmesan and asiago cheese. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2011
I liked this recipe.....it is bland and definiently needs something... As a base recipe it is perrfect. i added cheese to this and made an alfredo sauce Read More
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