- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the flour and whisk continuously until it forms a smooth paste, called a roux. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
- Slowly add the milk while whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Cook the sauce for 5-7 minutes, whisking occasionally, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.
- Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg (if using) to taste.
To make a white sauce pasta dish, you can cook your desired pasta according to package instructions, and then toss it with the white sauce. You can also add other ingredients like cooked chicken, sautéed mushrooms, or steamed vegetables to the sauce before tossing with the pasta for extra flavor and nutrition.