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Besciamella: Bechamel Sauce

From Rachael Ray and Mario Batali
/ Source: TODAY

Yield: 3 cups


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

DIRECTIONS In a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted. Add flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until light golden brown (about 6-7 minutes).

Meanwhile, heat milk in separate pan until just about to boil. Add milk to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth, and bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes and remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg and set aside.