Basic Vegan Bechamel White Sauce is easy to make and can be used in so many ways. It goes great on a white pizza or in pasta dishes or even in scalloped potatoes. And it is perfect on this Vegan Dill Pickle Pizza!
Vegan Bechamel White Sauce is Luscious and Versatile
This luscious and versatile sauce has tons of mild but creamy flavor and only takes a few minutes to make.
A Staple That Can Be Made Vegan
Bechamel sauce is a staple in cooking. It’s also commonly called a “white sauce.” It’s a super simple recipe, just four and butter made into a roux with the addition of milk. Unlike the traditional version, though, this one is made with both gluten-free and vegan ingredients.
The ingredients are simple … vegan butter and gluten-free flour are cooked over medium heat first. Then heated plant-based milk is whisked in to make a thick and flavorful sauce. Add a little salt and pepper and that’s it. A delicious. silky smooth sauce.
It’s not essential to heat the milk up before adding it, and it does use an extra pan that way, but it does make a smoother and creamier sauce. Without heating the milk, the sauce is still pretty smooth and delicious … it’s your call. Salt and pepper is also a tasty thing and totally up to you. Add more or less salt and pepper depending on your tastes.
That’s literally all there is to it. A few ingredients and five or 10 minutes.
This basic sauce can be dressed up a bit by adding nutritional yeast, shredded vegan cheese, and grated garlic.
Use the finished sauce with a little bit of added nutritional yeast, cheese, and garlic on pizzas for a tasty change of pace.
Basic Vegan Bechamel White Sauce
Basic Vegan Bechamel White Sauce is easy to make and can be used in so many ways. It goes great on a white pizza or in pasta dishes or even in scalloped potatoes.
In a heavy-bottomed sauce-pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring to combine. Let cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
In a separate heavy pan, heat the milk until very warm but not simmering.
Pour the heated milk into the butter and flour mix and whisk together. Stir constantly until the mixture is bubbly and continue to stir for about 2 minutes more until thickened. Add more milk if a thinner sauce is desired.
For a cheesy white sauce, add 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and 1/4 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella, stirring in until melted completely and creamy.
For a garlic flavored white sauce, stir in 2 teaspoons of grated garlic to the flour and butter in the first step. Allow the garlic to cook a little bit in the butter before adding the milk.
Store this sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
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Hello! I’m Lisa, a vegan artist, photographer, author, Vegan Life Coach Educator, and RYT 200 yoga teacher. I love showing others how simple and delicious a plant-based diet can be. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.