This recipe is private

Russ's Original Bechamel Sauce

Russ Myers


A French white sauce from which many other sauces descend. Depending upon the food to be sauced, made with part milk, part broth (chicken broth for meat or poultry, fish stock for seafood, vegetable cooking water for eggs, cheese or vegetables).


★★★★★ 3 votes

1 1/2
15 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

4 Tbs. butter (no substitutes)
1/4 C. unsifted flour
2 C. milk (or 1 C. each milk and chicken broth, fish stock, or vegetable cooking water)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbs. minced yellow onion
2 oz. ground veal (use only if sauce is for meat or poultry)
1 sm. sprig fresh thyme (or a pinch of dried thyme)
1/4 bay leaf
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

How to Make Russ's Original Bechamel Sauce


  • 1Melt 3 tablespoons butter in double boiler top over direct moderate heat. Blend in flour, slowly add milk, and heat, stirring, until thickened. Mix in salt and pepper. Set over simmering water. Stir-fry onion in remaining butter for 3-5 minutes over moderate heat until limp; add veal if sauce is for meat or poultry, and stir fry until no longer pink. Add to sauce with remaining ingredients, cover, and cook for 1 hour over simmering water, beating now and then with a whisk and scraping bottom and sides of pan with a rubber spatula. (Note: Be careful when removing lid not to let water condensed there drop into sauce.) Strain sauce, taste for salt and adjust. Serve hot or use as a base for other sauces.

Printable Recipe Card

About Russ's Original Bechamel Sauce

Course/Dish: Gravies, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: French
Other Tag: Heirloom

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

The Easiest Way To Make Gravy Recipe

The Easiest Way to Make Gravy

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Say goodbye to canned gravy this holiday season and make your own at home. It tastes way better than what you'll find at the store and it's easier than you...

Pinch Tips: How To Use A Whisk Recipe

pinch tips: How to Use a Whisk

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

The Just A Pinch Test Kitchen shows how to use a whisk.