How to Make White Sauce

Here's an easy recipe to learn how to make homemade white sauce! Ditch the canned cream of sauces forever. Made with butter and a flour roux base.

Butter | Flour | Milk Salt | Black or White Pepper OPTIONAL Ground Nutmeg


A roux is flour and fat heated together to form a thickener. Any type of fat works, even bacon fat, but I often make my roux with butter and flour. The ratio of fat to flour is 1:1. Pretty easy to remember.


In a small sauce pot, melt butter over medium heat. As soon as butter is completely melted, whisk in flour. Let bubble for 1 minute to cook out the floury taste. Do not let the butter turn brown.


Next, whisk in milk. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Whisk until thickened and smooth. Add salt and nutmeg to taste.

Once you learn how to make a basic white sauce, you can take it to the next level by adding herbs, cheese, or bullion to transform it into stews, gravy, Alfredo sauce and more!

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