Basic White Sauce

Making a white sauce is quite simple, but I often hear friends say they just cannot get it right. I hope this recipe makes it easy even for first timers. This versatile sauce can be used to make baked vegetables, lasagna, creamy cheese pasta and a whole lot of other recipes. Here is my version of the sauce.


1/4 cup butter

1/4 white flour

2 cups of milk (whole milk makes a richer sauce)

Salt to taste

Pinch of white pepper

1/2 cup shredded cheese


In a saucepan melt the butter and add in the flour. Toast the flour a little bit  & keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t brown. Slowly stir in the milk on a low flame. Add the salt, pepper & cheese stirring till it has all amalgamated. If your sauce forms lumps strain it through a sieve and put it back on the flame stirring constantly till it thickens.

You can make this more interesting by adding chopped chives, parsley, mint, oregano or red chili flakes.


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