This French sauce (one of the so-called 5 Mother Sauces) is made from butter, milk, flour and salt. It's the base for a range of homey, comforting recipes, such as Creamed Spinach and Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce, and is a versatile, essential sauce that's easy to master.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add onion and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add flour and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is pale golden, has a slightly nutty aroma, and is the texture of cooked oatmeal, about 5 minutes.

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  • Whisking constantly, pour in 2 cups milk; add 2 more cups milk and whisk until smooth. Cook mixture, stirring constantly along the bottom of pan, until boiling, about 7 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and does not feel grainy when a very small amount is rubbed between two fingers, about 10 minutes.

Reviews (2)

92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2019
Straight forward and to the point, a simple white sauce.
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2019
Great recipe