Chef John's White Sauce Recipe

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Chef John's White Sauce
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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in 1 cup cold milk, about 1 minute. Stir in second cup of milk for an additional minute.
  3. Stir in remaining 2 cups of milk, cayenne pepper, salt, thyme, and nutmeg; bring to a simmer over low heat until sauce begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 405.62 Kcal (1698 kJ)
Calories from fat 241.78 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26.86g 41%
Cholesterol 65.91mg 22%
Sodium 523.06mg 22%
Potassium 427.19mg 9%
Total Carbs 30.95g 10%
Sugars 12.28g 49%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Protein 10.01g 20%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 10%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Calcium 361.2mg 36%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 133.83 Kcal (560 kJ)
Calories from fat 79.77 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.86g 41%
Cholesterol 21.75mg 22%
Sodium 172.58mg 22%
Potassium 140.95mg 9%
Total Carbs 10.21g 10%
Sugars 4.05g 49%
Dietary Fiber 0.69g 8%
Protein 3.3g 20%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 10%
Iron 0.4mg 7%
Calcium 119.2mg 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.9
  • 11

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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