Back To Basics: Fool Proof White Sauce

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By Family Favorites
from Not Far From Green Bay, WI

I was recently asked by someone new to cooking if I would share my white sauce recipe. It is completely foolproof and it sure dresses up a meal in a hurry. I use this basic sauce for chicken ala king, leftover turkey, new red potatoes (...add a touch of dill!), peas, beans, baby carrots and many other things. You can also simply make it into a cheese sauce by adding one cup of shredded cheddar cheese along with the milk. Thin with additional milk at the end, if necessary. Enjoy!

serves 6
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top


  •   1/2
    cup butter
  •   1/2
    cup flour
  •   1
    tsp. salt
  •   1/2
    tsp. pepper
  •   4
    cups milk

How To Make

  • 1
    Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add flour, salt and pepper. Stir with whisk until well combined. Over low heat, cook gently while whisking for one minute. Do not let flour brown.
  • 2
    Gradually add milk while whisking. Increase heat to medium and continue to cook just under a simmer. Don't let it come to a full boil. Continue to stir until desired consistency is reached (5-8 minutes). If gets too thick, never fear! Just add a little milk and you're good to go.
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