Shortcut Bechamel Sauce

Shortcut Bechamel Sauce

This quick take on a French white sauce requires no stovetop stirring, saving you time when you’re making lasagna, mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, and more comforting dishes! Make a large batch, freeze in an Anytime Tray, and save for later!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

2 cups

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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

4-6 mins

Free Time

to make fresh lasagna noodles


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups (400ml) whole milk


  1. Place the butter in the Anyday, cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave until fully melted, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, salt, and milk and mix well. 
  3. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Continue cooking 2-3 minutes, or until the bechamel has thickened. Splitting the cooking time will ensure even cooking and prevent the milk from overflowing!
  5. Allow the sauce to cool and use as desired. 
  6. Save Time with Anytime Trays: Allow sauce to cool, about 10-15 minutes. Portion sauce evenly into the Anytime Trays, cover with lid and freeze.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add shredded cheese for an easy mornay cheese sauce.
  • Add fresh herbs such as chives, parsley or dill and some lemon zest for a fresh and herby twist.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.