white sauce

Basic White Sauce

January 7, 2017

white sauce


Heat the milk. This can be done either on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Make a roux. Melt the butter over low-medium heat in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a whisk to prevent lumps. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to coat the flour.

Remove from heat, then gradually add a bit of the warm milk to the roux and whisk vigorously.

Return the saucepan to the heat and bring up to a low simmer, continuing to add more milk and whisk.

Cook for 5 minutes until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Season with salt and white pepper.


4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

salt and white pepper