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Basic White Sauce for Pizza

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt


  • In a small pot (or even a skillet), melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly for at least a minute to cook the raw flavor out of the flour. It will be crumbly and awkward, but just do the best you can to move the flour and butter around the bottom of your pan.
  • While whisking, slowly stream in the whole milk. Keep whisking to break up any lumps. Cook until you see a few bubbles pop on the surface. This is the sign that your sauce has thickened. Stir in the sauce and taste it. You want this sauce to be highly seasoned. If it tastes bland at all, add a pinch more salt until you taste it and want to lick the pan clean.