Making a white sauce is truly basic. From it, you can make a variety of other sauces and soups.

Basic White Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauces
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup milk or whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • salt and white pepper, to taste
  • Cheese Sauce:
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar cheese; shredded
Instructions
  1. To prepare white sauce, over medium heat, bring milk just to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  3. With a wooden spoon stir in flour until mixture is thoroughly blended and bubbly (about 2 minutes).
  4. Gradually add reserved milk, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, continuing to stir. Add salt and pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick and smooth (5 to 10 minutes).
  5. To prepare cheese sauce, gradually add 1/2 cup shredded aged Cheddar cheese to thickened white sauce and stir until cheese melts. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Notes
White sauce yield: 1 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon).

Cheese sauce yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon).

Serve this over fish or chicken. Adapt it as needed.

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