Basic white sauce is called as bechemel sauce and it has many other different variations.In the recipe, I have stated the method I follow for making this one. Though cheese is only optional, I love the taste of it. I generally use it for pasta. But it can be used on lasagne and boiled vegetables especially works great with boiled cauliflower. Check out the recipes in Creative saga where I have used white sauce.
1. pasta using white sauce
2. Baked vegetables
See notes below for variation.
Recipe source- Tarla dalal’s cook book
How to make white sauce?(Step by step pictures)
Add the flour.Mix well. Keep stirring for a few minutes without browning it. (the floury smell should disappear)
Switch off the flame. Add milk slowly, mixing the flour simultaneously. No lumps should be formed. It should be uniform suspension.
Now add the cheese , salt and pepper and keep mixing well. Add salt carefully as required when you are using salted butter and cheese.
Keep stirring till the sauce thickens.
Below is a picture where I have added the sauce to boiled pasta along with some steamed vegetables.
Notes - The ingredients mentioned above is for thin pouring sauce. For thick coating sauce to be used in casserole dishes, use 2tbsp of butter , 2tbsp flour and 2 teacups milk.