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Besciamela (Bechamel Sauce)

    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 5 tablespoons butter
    • 4 tablespoons flour
    • 3 cups milk
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted. Add flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until light golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, heat milk in separate pan until just about to boil. Add milk to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth and bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes and remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg and set aside.

Yield: 3 cups