• Bechamel Sauce


By Andrew Zimmern

Béchamel sauce is a classic sauce made from only a few ingredients. Learn how to make 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:

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 of minutes.

Whisk in the milk, 1/4 cup at a time, until you reach 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.

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