Basic Cream Sauce

This cream sauce is the basis for a lot of cooking. You can use milk instead of cream, but don’t substitute margarine for butter. Try stirring in 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon mustard, or 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives for a bit of extra flavor.

Makes: 2 cupsHands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 2 cups


  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. corn flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream, warmed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper


  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Sauté and stir for 4–5 minutes. Add the warm cream or milk, whisking constantly until thickened to desired consistency.
  • Just before serving, add salt and pepper.