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A classic creamy white sauce is vegan-ized with this Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce recipe. The perfect base sauce for any pasta dish. 

A classic creamy white sauce is vegan-ized with this Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce recipe. The perfect base sauce for any pasta dish | ThisSavoryVegan.com #vegan

I feel like there are lots of staples when it comes to cooking.

Staple spices.

Staple ingredients.

And…

Staple recipes.

And one staple recipe that should be in everyone’s back pocket is a bechamel sauce.

Now, don’t get thrown off by its fancy sounding name.

This buttery, milky sauce is straight up traditional white sauce.

To vegan-ize this classic, we just need to make a couple simple swaps.

A classic creamy white sauce is vegan-ized with this Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce recipe. The perfect base sauce for any pasta dish | ThisSavoryVegan.com #vegan

The first being vegan butter for traditional butter.

Easy enough.

I personally am a big fan of Earth Balance or Miyoko’s. Earth Balance is usually easier to find, but Miyoko’s is slowly but surely catching up – I most recently saw it at my local Ralph’s.

The next swap we’re going to make is non-dairy milk for traditional milk.

Another easy switch to make.

I usually stick with soy milk for this recipe since I think nut milks can come through too sweet, but use what tastes best to you.

And with a just a few other staple ingredients – flour, salt & pepper – your sauce will come together in just 10 minutes.

At this point, you can call it quits. You have officially made a bechamel sauce.

Congrats.

But, if you are looking to add another layer of flavor you still have lots of options.

Add in some pesto for a creamy herb-filled sauce.

Or stir in some pureed chilies for a spicy kick.

Whatever flavor you want your sauce to take on, this creamy white sauce is the perfect base.

Be sure to check back later this week to see how I use this sauce in a tasty baked pasta dish!

Need more sauce inspo? Check out my Spicy Marinara Sauce or Chimichurri Sauce.

Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce

Servings: 2 cups
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
A classic creamy white sauce is vegan-ized with this Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce recipe. The perfect base sauce for any pasta dish. 
5 from 24 ratings

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk warmed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg optional

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until thickened and bubbling, but not browned (approx. 2 minutes).
  • Pour warm milk in the pan and continue to whisk until sauce is thickened (approx. 3 minutes).
  • Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to the pan and stir to combine. 
  • Use immediately.*

Notes

*If making ahead of time, place wax paper over the sauce until ready to use.
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A classic creamy white sauce is vegan-ized with this Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce recipe. The perfect base sauce for any pasta dish | ThisSavoryVegan.com #vegan