White Sauce Variations
Also known as Béchamel sauce, white sauce is one of the most popular sauces in France. While we have shared an authentic white sauce recipe, you can also experiment and prepare the white sauce with a twist, catering to your diverse taste palate. Here are some variations of the white sauce recipe you can try:
1.Cheese sauce: For this variation of the white sauce, just stir in half a cup of grated cheese in the sauce just before serving it. The hot temperature of the sauce will melt the cheese. 2. Parsley sauce: Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons of finely chopped parsley to the list of white sauce ingredients and put it into the sauce just before serving. If you do not have chopped parsley, you can also add oregano, marjoram, and tarragon. 3. Onion sauce: While following the easy white sauce recipe, you need to saute a finely chopped medium onion in olive oil and then add it to the sauce. 4. Mushroom sauce: Start by sauteing 1 cup of mushrooms in olive oil and add it into the white sauce to get this variation. 5. Mixed herbs: As the name suggests, you just need to add dried herbs to the white sauce and let it simmer for at least 2 minutes. 6. Pouring consistency (i.e. a thinner sauce): It is not just the ingredients but also the consistency of the sauce that can vary. For a thinner sauce, you need to use more milk.
Try these creative ways to make this basic white sauce a regular part of special occasion meals. You can also use it to give new life to ho-hum leftovers. In case you have any more questions about how to make white sauce for pasta or any other dish, we suggest you keep reading.
How can I enhance the flavour of my white sauce?
Once you master the basic process of how to make white sauce for pasta, you can then experiment with the recipe by adding a number of other ingredients like chopped parsley, grated cheese, Italian seasoning
, cooked chopped mushrooms, cooked onions, etc.
My white sauce became lumpy, what should I do now?
If you add the liquid when the roux is too hot, there are high chances that your white sauce will become lumpy. To ensure that it does not happen, you should always remove your pan from the source of heat and then set it aside. Once the roux gets cooled down a little, then add the liquid. If your white sauce has already become lumpy, you can whisk the sauce briskly to remove the lumps. If you strictly follow our white cream sauce recipe, you do not have to worry about lumps.
How can I make Gluten-free white sauce?
For making the gluten-free white sauce, you just have to replace all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. If gluten-free flour is not available, you can use a mixture of corn and rice flour.
How can I make vegan white sauce?
If you already know how to make white sauce for pasta, you won’t have to learn anything new for making a vegan version of it. Just replace dairy milk with coconut milk or almond milk. Also, you have to replace butter with olive oil for roasting the flour. Just these two replacements and your vegan white sauce without butter will be ready.
What is the difference between a Béchamel Sauce and an Alfredo Sauce?
Béchamel Sauce is a very simple type of sauce that requires you to add all-purpose flour, milk and butter. Alfredo Sauce, on the other hand, is made with heavy whipping cream, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese or cream cheese.
In which dishes can I use white sauce?
The list of dishes where you can use white sauce is endless. You can use it for lasagne and pasta bakes. Along with that, you can use it as a base for making different types of sauces like parsley sauce and cheese sauce. It is also used as a base to make dishes like Baked Ziti, Penne in White Sauce
, Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches, Spaghetti Pasta
, Chicken Pie, Moussaka, Roast Chicken
, Grilled Salmon, and so on.
How can I thicken the white sauce without flour?
When you are making white sauce without maida or flour, increasing its thickness may become an issue. To solve that, you can use cornstarch or arrowroot. These are gluten-free alternatives that can help in thickening the white sauce’s consistency. They will also keep your sauce cloud-free and clear. Just use 1 teaspoon of these ingredients for every cup of liquid.
Can white sauce be made in advance?
Yes, you can easily make the white sauce and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. When you want to use it later, just warm the sauce and whisk until smooth. In case the sauce is too thick, you can add walk milk or cream when you reheat it. We would suggest that you freeze the sauce by putting it into a freezer-safe container. Wrap a layer of plastic on the top, seal tightly and freeze it
What are some other sauces you can make at home?
Summing It Up!
If you are tired of penne in tomato sauce
, try it in white sauce. The cheesy flavour will surely tingle your taste buds and you will crave for more. Now that we have shared the recipe along with answering the basic questions that you may face while making the sauce, it is time to wear your apron and start making it. Happy sauce making!
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