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Béchamel pronounced (bay-sha-mel) is one of the most famous basics of French cooking. This delicious and creamy white sauce is the base of many French recipes, and is a great wine pairing ally!

Béchamel in a copper saucepan with a ladle on the side

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A few details about the recipe

A true French classic, béchamel sauce is a preparation found in many French recipes. It is a white sauce usually flavored with ground nutmeg. Cheese and onion are added to this white sauce in numerous French recipes.

Get ready to try Oven Baked Cheese Béchamel Toasts, The Lightest Cheese Soufflé, or Blue Cheese Soufflé Tart! All these recipes include béchamel as an ingredient. Don’t forget to check them out!


FAQ

How long does this keep?

Béchamel can be kept for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Can this be made in advance?

Sure! Make the Béchamel sauce ahead of time and store it in an airtight container. Reheat it in a saucepan if need be, or directly spread it on bread with grated cheese on top to make Oven Baked Cheese and Béchamel Toasts in the oven.

Can this be frozen?

Yes, béchamel can be frozen in a solid ziplock bag and kept in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw overnight and it is ready to be used!


Melted Cheese and Béchamel Toasts on a plate

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Béchamel sauce in a copper saucepan with a ladle on the side and a kitchen cloth

Creamy Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel pronounced (bay-sha-mel) is one of the most famous basics of French cooking. This delicious and creamy white sauce is the base of many French recipes, and is a great wine pairing ally!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine French
Diet Vegetarian
Servings 4

EQUIPEMENT

  • Whisk
  • Saucepan

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ¼ cup (35 g) butter
  • ¼ cup (35 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) milk (I recommend whole milk for extra creaminess)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon white pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • When the butter is bubbling nicely, add the flour all at once and stir energetically with a whisk.
  • Lower the heat to medium intensity.
  • Add 1/3 of the milk and stir.
  • Add another 1/3 of the milk and keep stirring.
  • Add the rest of the milk and stir continuously for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the ground nutmeg, salt, and white pepper and stir.
  • It’s ready!

NIM KEYS - USEFUL TIPS

The secret of Béchamel lies in the constant whisking. Just know you won’t be able to multitask while making béchamel but trust us, it’s worth the commitment!

NUTRITION

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 719mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 552IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword béchamel sauce, French cuisine, white sauce
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