This Vegan White Sauce Is A Take On The Classic Béchamel Sauce
This vegan white sauce is delicious and versatile! Classic béchamel sauce usually combines fat (butter) with starch (white flour) and milk, but you will find none of those ingredients in this plant-based version. Instead, chef Cathy Katin-Grazzini creates a smooth and creamy white sauce with a silky texture and delicate flavor that’s super fast and simple to make, with 100% plant-based ingredients. This recipe is without nuts or tofu or avocado either, so it is very low in fat. It’s Cathy’s go-to for pasta dishes and to serve over blanched veggies and potatoes. It’s great on its own, but this plant-based béchamel also is a team player: There are infinite ways to combine it with other puréed veggies to make other delectable variations. The only limitation is your imagination!
Who Is Chef Cathy Katin-Grazzini?
Cathy Katin-Grazzini is the Food Editor at VEGWORLD Magazine, a plant-based personal chef, nutritional coach, cooking instructor, and owner of Cathy’s Kitchen Prescription LLC. Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell, Cathy is also a graduate of Rouxbe Cooking School’s Professional Plant-Based Program. She has a B.A. from the University of Chicago, attended graduate school at Harvard University, and received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Cathy lives with her husband, Giordano, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. When she’s not inventing and fermenting, she loves to run, hike, and adventure travel atop their trusty Ducati. Cathy’s original recipes, cooking videos, and blog can be found at www.cathyskitchenprescription.com and a gallery of her dishes at www.instagram.com/cathyskitchenprescription.
Now Back To The Heavenly Vegan White Sauce
It’s nice to have a good vegan white sauce, or any vegan sauce recipe, on hand. They are great to use to spruce up many different foods, like vegetables, potatoes, pasta, squashes, and so much more. And it is even better if they are healthy and low fat, like the one we are sharing today. Let’s be honest, sauces really make a dish, without a good sauce, meals can be super bland. So I am excited to have another great plant-based sauce to add to my recipe list. I am providing the recipe below, so you too can have easy access to it. Let’s take a look at how Cathy’s white sauce turned out…
Thank You For Joining Us!
Thank you so much for joining us for this episode of #LunchBreakLIVE. It was such a great episode with lots of useful info for cooking up great plant-based sauces, and how to use them to spruce up your meals and holiday dishes. If you’re looking for more great vegan recipes, be sure to check out our archives. We have so many to choose from. Until next time…keep cookin’!
Plant-Based Béchamel White Sauce
- Full ½ cup white whole wheat flour or a whole grain gluten-free flour
- 1-2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons shiro white miso or to taste
- 2 cups unsweetened unflavored almond milk or other low-fat plant milk
- Combine the flour, nutritional yeast, pepper, nutmeg, miso and almond milk in a high-speed blender and run on high for 1 minute. Pour the sauce into the saucepan, heat over a medium-low flame, stirring with a whisk.
- In a few minutes, the sauce will begin to thicken. Lower heat and cook for a few minutes more or until you achieve the consistency required for your purposes. Taste and correct seasonings if you like. The sauce is ready when the flour tastes cooked, not raw, and your consistency is where you want it. Remove from flame and whisk periodically to dissolve the skins that forms as it cools.
- The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools but will thin again to some degree when you reheat it. If it over thickens for your application, thin it with heated plant-based milk.
This plant-based sauce is very versatile and can be flavored to resemble a classic mornay (cheese) sauce by adding a half teaspoon of granulated onion and garlic, a dash of the Indian spice asafetida (a.k.a. hing), additional nutritional yeast and a dash of cider vinegar. Blend as before and heat to thicken as described above.
for a rosé sauce roast a cup of tomatoes with thyme and pepper, blend them, or use strained (puréed) tomatoes.
for a mushroom sauce, stir in few teaspoons or two of freshly ground dried porcini mushrooms and dried thyme or nepitella.
For a beautifully golden sweet pepper cream sauce, roast some yellow peppers, blend them with a bit of water, and add blend with the other ingredients before cooking.
As you’ll discover, any fragrant herb or vegetable, cooked until soft and puréed, can be blended with this plant-based béchamel to create delectable new sauces. Have fun creating your own!
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