How to make white sauce

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  • Makes: 1 pint

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

Learn how to make white sauce with our step by step video that shows how to make the classic sauce make with milk, flour and butter, used to layer lasagne, in a fish pie or with your favourite cut of meat

For fish pie, swap half the milk for fish stock and for chicken pie swap with chicken stock and 100ml white wine To make cheese sauce, add 100g grated Cheddar cheese and 1tbsp wholegrain mustard to the basic white sauce


  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk
  • whole nutmeg, for grating


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Cook for 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Gradually add in the cold milk, stirring until smooth. Cook over a medium heat, stirring, until thickened (it will take at least 5 minutes).
  3. Season and add freshly grated nutmeg.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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