Béchamel Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, heated
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don't let it brown — about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  6. Remove from the heat.
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