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basic bechamel (white) sauce on 2 black plates with hemp parmesan and fresh basil and black pan in background

basic bechamel (white) sauce

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups (6 servings) 1x


Basic bechamel (white) sauce is a creamy, flavorful healthy alternative that’s easy to make and is so good it can go it alone and can also be the foundation of many of your favorite saucy dishes.



  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 cups oat milk (or other plant milk – amount depends on desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg (a pinch)
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper (you can use black pepper as well)


  • Cut the cauliflower into florets and measure out the cashews.
  • Place the cauliflower and cashews into a steamer and stem for 20 minutes until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork.
  • While the cauliflower steams, sauté the onion and garlic on very low heat until the onions are translucent (about 10 minutes).
  • Add the cauliflower, cashews, onions, garlic, 2 cups of oat milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt nutmeg and white pepper to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, adding more oat milk until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Place the bechamel in a pan and heat through.


  • Basic bechamel (white) sauce freezes well so don’t worry if you have leftovers. You can even freeze it with peas, asparagus or other vegetables for a quick pasta dinner.
  • Make a quick savory mustard sauce by adding 2 tablespoons of prepared mustard to your basic bechamel sauce.
  • Don’t forget to make a quick batch of hemp seed parmesan. This can bake while your cauliflower steams.
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Method: Steam/Blend
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Keywords: basic bechamel (white) sauce

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