Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel Sauce or white sauce is VERY easy to make.  My SIL in Sicily uses it in lasagna.  I never did until I had her lasagna.  Now I never make lasagna without it!  It can be used in a BUNCH of different recipes like starting a cream soup or making creamed spinach, a favorite of mine.

You need:
1 Tablespoon butter
a bit of olive oil to keep the butter from burning
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2-2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups of milk, warmed or let sit out of the fridge for awhile
salt and pepper
Optional: nutmeg, ground or freshly grated

1. Melt the butter and oil.
2. Add the onion and cook until translucent over medium heat.
3. Add the flour and cook for a few minutes. 
4. Turn the heat to high. Add the milk.  Stir. The mixture will thicken.  Remove from heat.

If you are using this for lasagna, add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.

When onions are done.

 After flour has been added.

Finished with nutmeg grated into it.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What did you use if not Bechamel sauce .. ??

jmisgro said...

in lasagna? just a tomato sauce, like in the previous post.