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Bechamel Recipe! Easy & Quick Microwave Recipe

Want a bechamel recipe so quick and easy that you can have it done in few minutes? 

If yes, then this quick recipe is just for you!

This microwave béchamel recipe allows us to make, in significantly less time than usual, this delicious white sauce.  

It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time at the stove.

microwave bechamel recipe

Where Did This White Sauce Originate?

It was the Frenchman, Marquis Louis de Bechamel, who began using this amazing white sauce in his recipes in the 17th century.

It became quite famous, and now we often use his name in the kitchen without even knowing it!

Although a few sources here in Italy claim that it is actually Italian, and not a classic french recipe.

Personally, I am not bothered where it comes from. 

I am only bothered about making it as delicious and creamy as possible!

What Are The Ingredients For Béchamel Sauce?

These are the main ingredients you need for this recipe.

For the step-by-step directions and measurements, scroll down to our printable recipe card. 

  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Nutmeg 
  • Salt & pepper
Ingredients For Béchamel Sauce

The consistency of the béchamel I propose is soft, you can make it more full-bodied but I assure you it is perfect.

How To Make This Sauce

Bechamel Recipe

To make the béchamel sauce, take a glass bowl or other microwave-safe container.

Place the butter inside and let it melt.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and add the flour, mix it with the butter to make it well incorporated and then put everything back in the microwave.

Finish by adding the milk, a pinch of salt, black pepper and nutmeg. 

Mix everything well and put it back in the microwave. 

Cook for one minute and stir everything together.

Continue cooking until the desired consistency is reached.  

Recipe Variations

Make a cheese sauce: with the addition of cheese ( cheddar cheese ) , it can be turned into a delicious cheese sauce.

No butter: You can replace the butter with extra virgin olive oil. This is a lighter, but equally creamy variant.

Vegan béchamel: To prepare it, just replace cow’s milk with a vegetable one, such as soy milk, use oil instead of butter, and you’re done.

What Do You Serve With Béchamel Sauce?

As mentioned at the beginning, béchamel is a very versatile sauce. 

In Italy, there is no lasagna without béchamel sauce, but even  baked pasta like mac and cheese cannot do without it.

lasagna with béchamel

Or it even can be poured over vegetables and cooked (with the addition of breadcrumbs) until golden brown for a delicious gratin.

Here are some ways to use it.

  • Lasagna or baked pasta
  • Chicken or meat pies
  • Potato pie
  • Meat casseroles
  • Macaroni with cheese (just add the cheese you want)
  • Pasta just with white cream
  • Baked or cooked vegetables

How To Store Leftovers

how to store bechamel sauce

Once the sauce has been prepared, let it cool, then transfer it to airtight jars and store it in the fridge.

It can be left in the refrigerator for two, maximum three days, otherwise it can also be frozen. 

The frozen one should be heated in a small pot with very low flame and little milk.

Recipe Tips

  • Always use the scale: it’s true, after a while, when you become an expert, you will go by eye and it will come out wonderfully.

But until you become familiar with making béchamel, we suggest you have a scale on hand.

  • The fat part, that is the butter, and the flour according to the original recipe should have the same weight.
  • The flour should be added all at once and mixed quickly with a hand whisk.
  • Sift the flour and mix it very well with the butter, making sure no lumps form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ROUX?

The roux is the butter and flour mixture with which the preparation of the béchamel sauce begins

Why does my béchamel make lumps?

The remedy is easier than you think!  

Let’s remedy it with the immersion blender and give it a good shake…in a few seconds our béchamel will be smooth and velvety and the lumps will remain only a memory!

Don’t have an immersion blender?

Strain the béchamel with a fine-mesh strainer…again we will say goodbye to lumps!

My Béchamel is too thick

Just add a couple of tablespoons of milk and microwave it for a few seconds.

Why my béchamel is too runny!

All you have to do is add a tablespoon or two of flour.

Bechamel Sauce Recipes In The Stove: 5 Step

First, melt the butter over low heat.

When the butter has melted add the sifted flour and stir with a hand whisk.

Add the milk, very little at a time, only when the first amount has been incorporated add the second and continue stirring with a hand whisk.

Turn constantly over medium heat, continuing to stir with the whisk until the sauce has reached a velvety consistency.

Finally add salt and pepper and nutmeg.

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Easy Bechamel Recipe
Yield: 500ml

Easy Bechamel Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Beschamel can be used in many different pasta and vegetable recipes. Quick and easy recipe in the microwave!

Ingredients

  • 1 Litre of milk (4 ⅕ cup milk)
  • 100 Grams of flour (3.5 ounce flour)
  • 100 Grams of butter( 3.5 ounce)
  • Nutmeg 
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a container suitable for microwave cooking.
  2. Put the butter in the container and let it melt in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
  3. Sift the flour and add it to the melted butter, stirring well with a whisk.
  4. Combine the cold milk with the butter and flour and stir with a whisk to prevent lumps from forming.
  5. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  6. Continue to cook in a  microwave for about 4 minutes, checking every minute or so to see the density of the bechamel.

    The bechamel is ready!

How easy is that?!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 11g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Debra

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Who knew it could be so easy? I have lasagna on the menu this week and this will be just perfect for layering.

Alexandra

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

This is such a simple way to make bechamel - I love it!

Taleen | Just As Tasty

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Love how easy this is! I just know I'll be referencing this recipe again and again. Thanks for sharing!

Andrea

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

I love easy recipes and this bechamel sauce is not only easy to prepare but really delicious!

Capri Lilly

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Wow! This recipe makes it super easy to make bechamel. Thanks for sharing!

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