How to make white sauce recipe

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Learn how to make white sauce with our step by step video. A real sauce classic, white sauce is easily made with milk, flour and butter. Used as a delicious in-between layer for lasagne or poured over a scrumptious fish pie, white sauce can also be added to chicken and pasta dishes for extra flavour. Love a good sauce? We've got loads more delicious sauce recipes right here.


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


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Cook for 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

  • Gradually add in the cold milk, stirring until smooth. Cook over a medium heat, stirring, until thickened (it will take at least 5 minutes).

  • Season and add freshly grated nutmeg.

Top tip for making How to make white sauce

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

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