By Andrew Zimmern
Béchamel sauce is a classic sauce made from only a few ingredients. Learn how to make the a creamy, rich béchamel and you’re on your way to making tons of delicious recipes that call for it, including mac and cheese, lasagna, and soufflés.
Watch Me Make a Bechamel Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cloves
- 1 slice of shallot
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 pinches nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and whisk for about one minute to create your roux. Next, add the cloves, shallot, onion and nutmeg. Cook, stirring frequently, for a couple minutes.
Whisk in the milk, 1/4 cup at a time, until you reached the desired consistency (depending on what you are using it for, you may want different consistencies.—if you’re adding cheese to it for instance, you may want a thinner sauce because the cheese will thicken it once it’s melted). Strain the bechamel through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids.