Making a Classic Bechamel Sauce Recipe

A dish of Bechamel sauce with a dried parsley leaf resting on top of it.




This Bechamel Sauce recipe is a French mother sauce that can be adapted to many excellent dishes from a creamy mac and cheese to au gratin potatoes. I’ve even seen it mixed into queso¬†dip before. This is a very simple recipe that you can easily make in your kitchen with three ingredients. But the key is how you put them together.

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The flavors of a good bechamel sauce come from the correct browning of the flour and butter. The rich, fatty, caramelized taste will make its way into any dish you make with it. I can’t tell you enough how positively people react when they try something with a good bechamel sauce like this one. They usually can’t believe it’s homemade and not from a faFrenchench restaurant.

Video explaining the process of making Bechamel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch of Salt (or more to taste)

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Whisk

Direction

Melt the butter in your saucepan.
Melted Butter in Pan
Once your butter looks like this, go ahead and add the flour. Whisk it for about 8 to 10 minutes. It will continue to brown. You want it to be a golden brown when it is done.
Making Bechamel Sauce
After your 8 to 10 minutes, it will look like this:
browned butter and flour

It is best to warm your milk before pouring it into the bechamel sauce. You don’t have to, but it speeds up the process and can be less messy. Mix in a little at a time until it is complete.

adding milk to the bechamel sauce

Really whisk this thoroughly. You want it to be as smooth as you can make it. Here’s what it looked like after our first batch of milk was whisked in:

How to make bechamel sauce

Finally, you can add the rest of your milk and the bay leaves.
bechamel sauce
Continue to stir with a whisk. The bechamel sauce is ready when it is thickened. Make sure to take out the bay leaves before you cook with your new favorite sauce!

Making a Classic Bechamel Sauce Recipe

a simple recipe for an amazing bechamel sauce

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Yields 2.5 cups

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in your saucepan.
  2. Once your butter looks like this, go ahead and add the flour. Whisk it for about 8 to 10 minutes. It will continue to brown. You want it to be a golden brown when it is done.
  3. After your 8 to 10 minutes, it will look like this:
  4. It is best to warm your milk before pouring it into the bechamel sauce. You don't have to, but it speeds up the process and can be less messy. Mix in a little at a time until it is complete.
  5. Really whisk this thoroughly. You want it to be as smooth as you can make it. Here's what it looked like after our first batch of milk was whisked in:
  6. Finally, you can add the rest of your milk and the bay leaves.
  7. Continue to stir with a whisk. The bechamel sauce is ready when it is thickened. Make sure to take out the bay leaves before you cook with your new favorite sauce
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