How to Make Béchamel Sauce

Learn how to make Béchamel Sauce, one of French cuisine's "mother sauces," with our step-by-step guide.

Simmer Milk Mixture
Photo: Randy Mayor

Step 1

Combine milk, onion, grated nutmeg, and bay leaf in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Flavor Boost: Onion lends the sauce a faintly sweet note. For an even more aromatic béchamel, add a crushed garlic clove to the steeping milk.

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