8 servings (serving size: about 2 1/2 tablespoons)

Béchamel, one of the "mother" sauces in classic French cuisine, is versatile: It's used in dishes such as lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and moussaka.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.

Step 2

Wipe pan clean with paper towels. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add flour to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add strained milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook 9 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in salt and pepper.

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Ratings & Reviews

May 18, 2016
The actual reason this is strained is to remove the solid onion and bay leaf.

PrivatePerson's Review

December 31, 2013
Um, why not melt the butter, brown the flour and then gradually stir in the milk and then add the seasonings. You can pick out the bay leaves before serving. No need to dirty a strainer and a bowl to keep the milk in that way. Less steps, less clean up. If you carefully add your milk, the sauce will not form lumps.

tcalhoun6556's Review

August 25, 2013

MarieS's Review

January 16, 2013