Learn How to Make Perfect Béchamel Sauce

Pasta with Béchamel sauce
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One of the best ways to upgrade your kitchen game without a lot of effort is by learning to make a Béchamel sauce. Béchamel, also known as white sauce, can do wonders for many dishes with its creamy texture and rich taste and especially goes well with pasta, chicken, and vegetables. It is also considered one of the “mother sauces” in French cuisine for its use as a base in several other sauces. You only need a few ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make it. Here’s how to make it.


  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅓ teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Melt the butter in a saucepan or a pot. In the meantime, bring the milk to a boil in a separate pot.
  2. Add the flour and cook for two minutes while constantly stirring.
  3. Pour a small amount of milk into the saucepan/pot and stir until it blends with the butter and flour mix.
  4. Continue gradually adding milk and stirring.
  5. After you have used all the milk, add the rest of the ingredients. Continue cooking and stirring until you get a nice creamy texture.
  6. Remove the sauce from the stove and let it chill for a bit.
  7. Top your food in Béchamel and enjoy.