Besciamella 1

Béchamel 1

Preparation info

  • Makes about

    1 litre

    • Difficulty


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By Tessa Kiros

Published 2003

  • About

This is a fairly thin béchamel used, for example, in the lasagne*. When a thicker béchamel is required, use the amounts given for béchamel 2.


  • 1 litre (4 cups) milk
  • 100 g (


Heat the milk in a saucepan. In a separate wide saucepan, melt the butter, then add the flour. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook for a minute or two until it is lightly golden. Add a ladleful of the warm milk and stir energetically so that it does not form lumps. Continue adding the milk in ladlefuls and stirring all the time until all the milk has been incorporated. Season with salt and pepper