Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is the sauce I use in my lasagna recipe, along with bolognese sauce. It's from the local paper, but considered one of the classic mother sauces.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set 4 QT saucepan over medium heat, add butter, onion, pepper, cloves, bay leaves,.
  2. and garlic. Sautee until aromatic, about 4 minutes.
  3. Blend in the flour and stir about 3 minutes.
  4. Gradually add the milk and stir until it boils lightly (may need to increase to Med-High heat).
  5. Once boils, lower heat and simmer uncovered about 8 minutes, or until sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon and has no raw flour taste.
  6. Pour through a fine strainer, stirring and pressing to extract all the flavors. Stir in the cream, salt (add to taste, may not need the entire TSP) and finally the thyme.
  7. Use immediately.
Most Helpful

Wonderful sauce. I used this for my stuffed shells with ground turkey and ricotta cheese. Yummy!

Golden Sunflower October 07, 2009

Loved the taste. It was very easy to make.This is my second time making it. Didn't have any heavy cream on hand, so I left it out. It was still great, and probably less calories. Used it for vegetable lasagna, and family loved it too.

Dotalee July 16, 2007

Delicious!! I used this for the white sauce in Ivo's Mutant Ricotta-Less Lasagna Ivo's Mutant Ricotta-Less Lasagna ( but it was so easy I'm going to start using it as the base for other dishes. It's yummy and makes the house smell good!

FLKeysJen May 25, 2006