Recipes with Bechamel Sauce: Our Favorite Options

Eric Ginsburg

Béchamel sauce is known as one of the French "mother sauces," from which so many others derive. That's because it's actually super basic, so don't be intimidated by its potentially pretentious-sounding origins.

Often known as white sauce colloquially in the United States, you actually only need butter, all-purpose flour, and milk to make a good béchamel.

Black pepper and/or nutmeg are optional finishing touches.

It's different than alfredo sauce, which is made with heavy cream and cheese, despite looking similar.

This creamy sauce goes with a wide array of dishes, which is exactly why you see it here on top of everything from fish to cauliflower. You could just dip some bread in it and treat it almost like queso, but it's arguably most popular in pasta. Especially lasagna, as this list reveals.

We're starting off the list with a recipe for the sauce itself because we figure it's good to have handy. 

Ever had Welsh rarebit? Now is your chance to explore.

1. Small Batch Béchamel Sauce Recipe

This small batch Béchamel sauce recipe is perfect for one meal. No extra sauce or worrying about leftovers!

2. White Chicken Lasagna Recipe

White chicken lasagna is so creamy and delicious! This is one family favorite that will stick around for generations!

3. Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

Cauliflower cheese is a comforting side dish of cooked cauliflower in a white Parmesan cheese sauce that gets an added zing from English mustard powder. It is then transferred to the broiler until bubbly and brown.

4. Baked Breaded Tilapia

Baked breaded tilapia makes a deliciously simple meal and is better for your waistline than fried fish. Here's how to make it.

5. Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit
What is Welsh rarebit and how do you make it? Find out more about this unique dish (and no, it doesn't contain rabbit!).

6. Ina Garten Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

This Portobello Mushroom Lasagna comes courtesy of Ina Garten. Ideal for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, it's packed with bold and satisfying flavors.

7. Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta couldn't be simpler. It's a fantastic Italian supper for any night of the week.

8. Lasagna Bolognese Recipe

This recipe includes the makings of bolognese, fresh pasta sheets and bechamel sauce to make a lasagna bolognese that feeds 12.

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