Ingredients for the Basic White Sauce Recipe. The building blocks for many a sauce.

Basic White Sauce Recipe…Béchamel a “Mother Sauce”

Hi there food adventurers! Today we are getting down to one of the basics, which is the core of so many recipes. Firstly, this basic white sauce, a.k.a. Béchamel, is the base of so many other dishes and a core of kids learning to cook! Secondly, this super simple sauce is the base of a great macaroni and cheese. Lastly, this is a super simple sauce that kids can easily use to start learning to build some flavors by simple adjustments. Even though this basic white sauce recipe is infrequently used it’s the backbone in every cook repetoire.

A Mother of Sauces, Béchamel

Béchamel Sauce, pronounced (BAY-shuh-mel), is simple sauce it deep roots in French cuisine. Additionally, Béchamel is a fancy way to say “basic white sauce recipe” to make Fancy Nancy proud and a mother sauce it is the base of so many kid favorites: Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, and of course Macaroni & Cheese! Firstly, this basic white sauce recipe creates a creamy smooth sauce with only a few ingredients butter, flour, & milk. Secondly, Béchamel is on of the five mother sauces others being Velouté, Espagnole, Tomato, & Hollandaise. Although, we can discuss those sauces at a later date.

Basic FAQs about Basic White Sauce

The Building block for Kids Learning to Cook

Teaching kids to cook is a rewarding endeavor, and also has many upside benefits. This basic white sauce is easy as 1-2-3 as that is count of ingredients as well! This recipe has an overall kid effort score of 1 out of 5 and is at the core of teaching children to cook. Although, I first learned the “Fancy Nancy” word, Béchamel, from culinary school my kids have learned it at home and so can yours. Additionally to this being an easy recipe it allows a blank canvas for kids to learn about blending flavors and starting place to even create their own dishes!

Attention Parents Cooking with Kids

Parents should use their own discretion in which steps their kids perform and should always prioritize kitchen safety!
Measuring the ingredients for the recipes, which can help teach math skills (1 kid effort out of 5)
Stirring the roux over low heat on the stove, but with parental supervision (1 kid effort out of 5)
Slowing adding the milk to the roux to make the basic white sauce (1 kid effort out of 5)
Stirring the sauce with a whisk while the sauce recipe thickens (1 kid effort out of 5)
Ingredients for the Basic White Sauce Recipe. The building blocks for many a sauce.

Basic White Sauce Recipe, Bechamel

Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine French
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 Cups Flour, All Purpose
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg (Optional}
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat
    Melting butter the base start of creating this basic white sauce / bechamel recipe
  • Once the butter has melted, add the flour to the pan and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes to cook of the raw flour taste. This creates a white roux and should resemble very wet sand.
    The roux for thickening the basic white sauce. With the appearance of very wet sand.
  • Gradually pour in the milk while whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens and comes to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Should coat the back of a sppon.
    A little chef using a whisk to create a smooth bechamel suace.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the salt, black pepper, and (option) ground nutmeg. Stir well to incorporate the spices into the sauce.
Keyword Basic Cooking Skills, Basic Recipe, Cooking with Kids, Family-Friendly Recipe, Fun and Easy Family Recipe, Mealtime Fun for Kids

1 thought on “Basic White Sauce Recipe, (a.k.a. Béchamel)”

  1. So awesome seeing you pass on wonderful cooking skills you have to your children!! What a wonderful gift to share!!❤️

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