Learn how to make homemade white pasta sauce and unlock a world of creamy, comforting and satisfying pasta dishes, perfect for mid-week dinner dishes or feeding a hungry crowd.
A basic white pasta sauce or bechamel is remarkably easy to make with few staple ingredients and serves as a great vehicle for adding in more flavours when called for, like your favourite cheese.
How to Make White Pasta Sauce
What is a white sauce?
A white sauce is the most basic of sauces. It's essentially milk thickened with a roux. The only ingredients you need are butter and flour in equal quantities, milk and seasoning.
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White sauce pasta recipe
First things first, master making a simple white pasta sauce or Bechamel sauce in our easy recipe and you'll soon be on your way to delicous pasta bakes!
Cheese Sauce Recipe
Once you've mastered a simple white sauce you can throw in extra ingredients to add flavour, like cheese. Parmesan, gruyere and comte are just a few of the cheeses that can be stirred into a finished white sauce until melted to add a rich creamy finish or a whack of umami to your favourite dish.
Now you've mastered white sauce, try turning it into a real favourite, macaroni cheese. Here's the delicous recipe you need - topped off with crispy breadcrumbs.
How to make vegan white pasta sauce
Vegan bechamel sauce
Believe it or not, it is possible to make a vegan white sauce subsituting olive oil and soya milk for butter and dairy milk with some surprisingly good results.
Find the vegan bechamel sauce recipe here.
Gluten-free bechamel sauce
Going gluten-free? Removing flour from the basic recipe could be tricky - but there's one magic ingredient that makes it all ok - potato flour!