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Cheesy Bechamel Sauce

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This cheesy version of the classic bechamel sauce is perfect for so many dishes that need a mild flavored sauce and the added benefit of cheese.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)

Preparation:

In medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Allow roux to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add milk a little at time, allowing the mixture to thicken. Next, add salt, pepper, nutmeg powder, cheese, and hot sauce. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted. Remove from heat and use immediately. If making ahead of time, be aware that the mixture will thicken while in the refrigerator. If this happens, add a little milk to the saucepan when reheating the bechamel sauce.
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