One of the easiest and inexpensive ways to change a recipe, or liven it up a bit is learning to make a basic white sauce. It’s simple, fast and the only secret is using seasonings you and your family enjoy. White sauce can be used plain, over pasta or peas or any other vegetable, or add a package of chipped beef and pour it over toast ( long a military family staple). Give the recipe below a try and add your own special touch.

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Basic White Sauce

Basic White Sauce Recipe

You will need:

  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk (may substitute half and half or evaporated)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Minced garlic, finely chopped onions, chopped parsley, celery salt


Melt butter over low heat; stir in flour. Stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Do not let it brown. Slowly add milk and and stir. Continue cooking over low heat and stir/whisk constantly. When sauce begins to thicken add salt, pepper and any other seasoning you might prefer.

Note: Half and Half or any cream will make a richer tasting sauce.

Once thickened, serve over whatever you choose. If making chipped beef, add as soon as sauce starts to thicken and simmer a few minutes.