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Basic Bechamel Sauce

  • yield: Makes 5 cups

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Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • coarse salt
  • 4 1/2 cups whole milk

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is soft, 4 minutes. Add flour, season with salt, and cook, stirring, until mixture is pale golden with a nutty aroma, 4 minutes. Whisking constantly, add half the milk. Add the remaining milk and whisk until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, until sauce comes to a boil and thickens, 10 minutes. Use immediately.

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Reviews (3)

  • Madhi 2 Feb, 2011

    -and garlic. Really yummy :)

  • Madhi 2 Feb, 2011

    - and garlic, works like a dream :)

  • Madhi 2 Feb, 2011

    this is similar to Mario Batali's recipe (5 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 4 cups milk, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg). I merged the two by adding onions