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White Sauce

-Submitted by Dahlia on 6th Dec 2010

Pasta with white sauce, Pasta with Bechamel Sauce, Alfredo Pasta

Bechamel Sauce which is popularly known as the White Sauce is one of the mother sauces. It is made by cooking equal quantities of butter and flour under low heat to form a roux. The whole sauce has to be done in low heat to retain the white color of the sauce. Once the roux is cooked, milk is added gradually with constant stirring and cooked until the sauce thickens. It can be flavored with any of the optional ingredients that I have mentioned below.

This sauce is used to make a variety of other sauces which I have listed below. So lets learn to make this basic sauce. I have given the recipe for Pasta with white sauce below. This sauce can also be used to make lasagnas, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, alfredo pizza etc. The measurements given below makes a medium thick sauce. If you want to thin it out, add an additional 1 cup of milk.


  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • All Purpose Flour - 2 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp

Optional Ingredients

  • Onion Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Italian Seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 tsp

White Sauce


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat.
  2. Add the flour and keep mixing till the raw smell of the flour is gone and a nice nutty aroma comes.
  3. Add warm milk little by little and keep mixing the mixture.
  4. Add salt, pepper and other optional ingredients (if you are adding) and bring it to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and switch off. This basic white sauce is also called Bechamel Sauce. You can use this sauce immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to a week for later use.


  • Use heavy cream instead of milk and you have Cream Sauce.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of cheese to the sauce and you have Cheese Sauce. This sauce is also used for pastas and is called Alfredo Sauce.
  • Add 1 tsp of mustard powder and you have Mustard Sauce.

Pasta with White Sauce (Alfredo Pasta)


  • Pasta - 2 cups
  • White (Bechamel) Sauce - 2 cups
  • Cheese - 1/2 cup (Mozzarella, Cheddar or Parmesan Cheese)


  1. Boil any variety of pasta according to the package instructions. The pasta should be cooked al dente i.e. it should have a cooked but with a firm bite to it and not get mushy. 
  2. Drain the pasta. 
  3. Heat required amount of white sauce in a pan, add 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese and melt it. I usually prefer a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 
  4. Add little milk (about 1/2 cup to 1 cup) to thin out the sauce as needed. 
  5. When the sauce is heated through, mix in the cooked pasta. Yummy Alfredo Pasta is ready to serve.

Pasta with White Sauce

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Comments (20)

Person Srabani Dutta   (June 28, 2016)
whha should be done If I want too add some vegetables in this
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 28, 2016)
You can cook it first, then mix it with the cooked pasta and sauce.
Person gayathri   (June 27, 2016)
I tried it really tasty n I loved it
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 27, 2016)
Thanks Gayathri. Next time you try a dish, do click a picture and send it to us. Its a joy to see photos send by users.
Person anshita singh   (June 16, 2016)
I loved this method of cooking and I will definitely try this and thank u so much for such a yummy pasta recipe.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 17, 2016)
Do try it. It tastes very good.

If you make it, do take a picture and send it to We would love to see your recreations.
Person Sandy   (July 4, 2014)
Thanks a lot!!!!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 4, 2014)
Person divyaraj   (May 8, 2014)
Informative indeed
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
Person brijesh   (September 2, 2013)
nice taste
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 3, 2013)
Thank You.
Person Shubhada   (July 13, 2013)
This white sauce recipe is awesome, I had prepared pasta with this and it was too good.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 15, 2013)
That was my dinner last night. Pasta with white sauce is our family favourite too.
Person gunjan   (July 10, 2013)
thank u.really it is nice
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 10, 2013)
glad to hear that.
Person anuj dixit   (June 6, 2013)
really easy and good recipe
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 6, 2013)
Thank You.
Person Vikas Bharti   (May 26, 2013)
nice......awsum recipie
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 2, 2013)
Thank You.

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