Béchamel Sauce Recipe

Use this versatile Béchamel Sauce Recipe on your homemade pizza.
By Karen Keb
March/April 2013
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When making this Béchamel Sauce Recipe, whisk quickly to prevent scorching.
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This addictive, delicious white sauce is so multi-functional, it can be used as a base for pizza, as pasta sauce, the binder for macaroni and cheese, etc. It can be easily doubled. 

Learn How to Make Homemade Pizza 

Béchamel Sauce Recipe

1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground nutmeg

Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat just until it boils. Remove from heat and set aside.

In separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, cooking and whisking constantly for 2 minutes.

Slowly add hot milk, whisking furiously to avoid scorching. Cook sauce over low heat for 10 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently with rubber spatula.

Remove from heat and stir in salt. Season with pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before using on pizza. Yields 1 1/2 cups.

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