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- White sauce
This is the vegan version of bechamel sauce, with soya milk instead of cow milk and oil replacing butter. Lighter and as tasty as the original, perfect for your lasagne, gratin or soufflé.
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IngredientsMakes: 1 L bechamel sauce
- 1L soya milk
- 60g extra virgin olive oil
- 60g plain flour
- salt and white pepper, to taste
- ground nutmeg, to taste
MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:15min
- Warm up the soya milk in a small saucepan until it begins to boil.
- Meanwhile, place oil and flour in a saucepan on medium heat and cook for 5 minutes.
- Gradually pour in the soya milk and whisk to prevent lumps. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep stirring, bring to the boil, then remove from heat and use or serve.
For a thicker sauce, add more flour; for a more liquid bechamel sauce add more soya milk.
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Vegan Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)
The easiest recipe to make a basic homemade vegan béchamel sauce, also known as white sauce. Makes every lasagna better!
Béchamel sauce is highly underrated! Such an incredibly creamy white sauce that can be used in so many ways. Plus, this sauce is so easy and quick to prepare in just 15 minutes with only a handful of ingredients you probably have at home anyway.
White sauce is best known in combination with lasagna. I know, I know. Some prefer to make lasagna with ricotta cheese, but the old-fashioned and traditional Italian way always calls for béchamel sauce. And oh boy, let me tell you, the Italians do know why.
This creamy sauce with its cheese-like texture is absolutely mouthwatering combined with pasta and tomato sauce!
Already drooling? Be sure to try this vegetable lasagna recipe – indescribably delicious!
But vegan bechamel sauce is not tied to lasagna. You can use it to upgrade lots of other dishes such as oven-baked vegetables (especially delicious with fennel and cauliflower), lasagna soup, asparagus, potato gratin, and much more.
Feel free to stir in spices of your choice. I like to add curry powder – makes an outstanding fruit curry!
Creamy Mushroom Pasta (Vegan Béchamel Sauce)
You know how much I love pasta in combination with a creamy sauce. And to achieve a little variety on the table and that it does not taste all the same, I have created a new version again.
This time, I made a vegan creamy ‘mushroom sauce’ or ‘béchamel sauce’ from white beans. White beans can be processed in just a few steps and with only a few ingredients, you‘ll get an incredible creamy sauce.
Other great ways to make a vegan cheese-like or creamy sauce, for example, is the recipe for vegan ‘Mac and Cheese‘, which is mainly made of potatoes or for a even faster and easier version the recipe for a vegan ‘Alfredo Sauce‘, which is only based on cashew nuts.
I think all options aren‘t only delicious and healthy, but also really cheap, because vegan milk and cheese alternatives can be quite expensive when you buy them in the supermarket.
This recipe is of course dairy-free and needs only 6 ingredients, many of which can be found in just about every vegan kitchen.
I like the sauce most served with pasta and aromatic fried mushrooms. Of course, you can also add any other vegetables as desired to make this dish complete and nutrient-rich.
Simple Vegan Bechamel Sauce
I feel like there are lots of staples when it comes to cooking.
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.
The first being vegan butter for traditional butter.
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.
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!
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5. Classic Tomate Sauce
The fifth and final mother sauce is the classic Tomate Sauce and no, I’m not misspelling tomato. Tomate sauce is similar to the tomato sauce we all know and love on our pasta and pizza but it is usually made with aromatics, meats and meat stock. The base of the Tomate sauce is tomatoes and it is traditionally thickened with a roux but this isn’t necessary as the tomatoes are usually enough to thicken the sauce. Once you have a basic tomato sauce, you can add other flavors, spices, herbs and ingredients to make many secondary sauces such as Puttanesca, Spanish or Arrabiata.
My vegan version of the classic tomate sauce is what I call “My Mom’s Marinara Sauce.” Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Saute one diced onion and 3 minced garlic cloves in the oil until softened and golden. Add 4-6 cups of crushed and diced tomatoes (depending how much you want to make) to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon each of oregano, basil and parsley, as well as salt and pepper to taste. After 20 minutes of simmering, the sauce is thick and ready to be used with your favorite Italian recipes like Ooey-Gooey Baked Ziti or Spaghetti and Tempeh Meatballs. Sometimes I change it up a bit by sautéing mushrooms along with the garlic and onions. This makes it a meatier and more filling sauce. When I want my sauce to be spicier, I add red pepper flakes and sometimes, a bit of ground fennel for added depth. To make a Mexican version, I start with sofrito – a mix of onion, garlic and peppers – and season with cumin and coriander rather than the Italian seasonings.
See? It’s not intimidating at all. These are just 5 basic sauces that if you know how to make and adapt them, a whole world of recipes and delicious dinner possibilities will be open to you. Forget the fancy French names and become familiar with these vegan Mama sauces.
Gluten free Vegan Bechamel Sauce
Today I’m sharing the recipe for the gluten free vegan bechamel sauce, which is ready in a few minutes and it’s perfect to make your gluten free savory dishes even richer and tastier!
- vegan butter or margarine
- a gluten free starch (potato, corn, rice or else)
- plant based gluten free milk
- black pepper (optional)
Why using a starch instead of white rice flour
I’ve tested this recipe both with white rice flour and potato starch and – at least for me – the best result is when using starch (potato or other)
When I use the gluten free starch the texture is very close to the standard bechamel, while with the rice flour the white sauce turns out slightly transparent and not very appetizing.
Which plant based milk is better for the vegan bechamel
I’ve made this gluten free vegan bechamel both with rice milk and soy milk and the taste is great in both cases.
White rice milk is naturally on the sweeter side, so when using it you will have to add a bit more salt (well, always according to your personal taste too of course!)
What is important is that you choose a gluten free plant based milk that contains no sugar or flavours, so that you have a liquid part that tastes as neutral as possible.
Keep scrolling to see how to make the gluten free vegan bechamel sauce!
As you will see making this white sauce is super easy.
What I love the most about this recipe is that it’s oh so very versatile.
I use it for my regular lasagna, cannelloni and crepes lasagna.
If you make this recipe or have questions, leave me a comment down here!
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How to make this vegan lasagna even faster!
If you wanted to save even more time on this lasagna recipe you could use a pre-made marinara sauce and forego the mushrooms.
This way you won’t even have to spend the time making that tomato/mushroom sauce or letting the excess water cook off.
Your lasagna will still be totally divine, because it’s that combination of tomato sauce/bechamel sauce that make this lasagna divine. So if you want to make it even quicker, using your favorite marinara sauce will make this really fast!
And this also works for those folks who don’t love mushrooms.
So if you’re doing it this way, you don’t even have to heat up your marinara sauce first, just make your white sauce and then start assembling your layers.
You will love this vegan lasagna for its simplicity and ease. It is also:
Keep leftovers covered in the fridge and enjoy over the next few days.
Bechamel sauce Herbs
When you have ready bechamel sauce, so with pepper, salt and lemon juice, also add herbs. It can be fresh herbs, but from a jar is also possible. Which herbs are good with bechamel sauce:
- Finely chopped parsley or dry
- Chopped chives or dry
- Paprika powder, also looks nice a little red
- Oregano, finely chopped or dry
- Thyme fresh or dry
When your béchamel sauce is warm and you add the dry herbs, let it stand for a while to let it soften, otherwise, you will have hard chives in your mouth, for example.
Add spices little by little and taste if it’s good. Otherwise, add spices.
Herbs enrich the béchamel sauce in terms of taste, but also in terms of ‘the eye wants something too’.
Bechamel sauce is a staple in cooking. It’s also commonly called a “white sauce.” It’s a super simple recipe, just four and butter made into a roux with the addition of milk. Unlike the traditional version, though, this one is made with both gluten-free and vegan ingredients.
The ingredients are simple … vegan butter and gluten-free flour are cooked over medium heat first. Then heated plant-based milk is whisked in to make a thick and flavorful sauce. Add a little salt and pepper and that’s it. A delicious. silky smooth sauce.
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It’s not essential to heat the milk up before adding it, and it does use an extra pan that way, but it does make a smoother and creamier sauce. Without heating the milk, the sauce is still pretty smooth and delicious … it’s your call. Salt and pepper is also a tasty thing and totally up to you. Add more or less salt and pepper depending on your tastes.
That’s literally all there is to it. A few ingredients and five or 10 minutes.
This basic sauce can be dressed up a bit by adding nutritional yeast, shredded vegan cheese, and grated garlic.
Use the finished sauce with a little bit of added nutritional yeast, cheese, and garlic on pizzas for a tasty change of pace.