White sauce or Bechamel as it is called is a basic mother sauce. This easy sauce can be used in a variety of dishes esp pasta. Adding grated cheese towards the end makes it a Cheese Sauce.


Prep: 10 Mins
Cook: 10 Mins
Yields: 1 Cup Servings


  • Milk – 300ml
  • Bayleaf – 1 no
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cheese grated – 1/2 cup
  • Onion small diced – 1 no
  • Cloves – 2nos
  • Flour – 2 tbsp


Place milk in the pan along with onion, bay leaf, and cloves and bring to a boil. Remove and keep aside. In a separate pan melt butter and add flour. Cook till it turns blonde in colour.

Add the strained milk and cook on medium heat till it thickens up. White sauce or béchamel sauce is ready. To the same sauce add grated cheese and stir. This now becomes cheese sauce.