Basic Low-Fat White Sauce

Toasting the flour and cornstarch before adding the milk enhances the flavor and keeps the sauce from tasting floury. Use this sauce as a base for cheese sauce or gravy.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1⁄2 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1⁄8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup 1% milk


  • Combine flour and cornstarch in small saucepan. Place over medium-low heat; cook and stir until toasted but not browned, stirring constantly. Add lemon pepper, salt, and milk, stirring constantly.
  • Continue to cook and stir over medium-low heat until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Use immediately or cover and store in refrigerator up to 3 days.