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!

 

VEGAN FRENCH SAUCES ON #LunchBreakLIVE with Doreet & her special Guest, Professional Chef Cathy Katin-Grazzini

Learn how to make whole, plant-based foods from scratch. Take your culinary skills to the next level by learning how to make plant-based sauces just like the professional French Culinary Masters.Ever tried plant-based white sauces to liven up holiday dishes? Think of it as a plant-based alternative to classic béchamel with variations like a tomato rosé, a porcini mushroom sauce or a fragrant basil sauce created and demonstrated by professional chef Cathy Katin-Grazzini, Plant-Based Chef, Cathy's Kitchen Prescription LLC, on #TODAY’s #LunchBreakLIVE with host Doreet Dijke, creator of the “Elegantly Raw” Show on #JaneUnchained News Network. Cathy, features and food editor of VEGWORLD Magazine, brings delicious sauces to life, #LIVE.#WholeFoods #PlantBased #Vegan #GlutenFreeBechamel #Sauce #Sauces #HealthySauces #DairyFreeSauces #GlutenFreeSauces #Doreet #VegWorldMagazineFoodEditor #ElegantlyRawDoreet #CathyKatinGrazzini

Posted by Jane Unchained News on Monday, December 7, 2020

 

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. 

 

Cathy Katin-Grazzini

Cathy Katin-Grazzini

 

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…

 

Ingredients for vegan white sauce

Ingredients for vegan white sauce.

 

vegan white sauce

The finished vegan white sauce, atop some fresh veggies.

 

Cathy Katin-Grazzini and her vegan white sauce over veggies

Cathy Katin-Grazzini and her vegan white sauce over veggies.

 

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’!

 

vegan white sauce

Plant-Based Béchamel White Sauce

Classic béchamel sauce combines fat (butter) with starch (white flour) and milk, but you will find none of those ingredients in my plant-based kitchen. Instead, we can create a smooth and creamy white sauce with a silky texture and delicate flavor that’s super fast and simple to make. Without nuts or tofu or avocado either, this sauce is very low in fat. It's my 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 our imagination!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Sauces
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Variations
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.
Or
for a rosé sauce roast a cup of tomatoes with thyme and pepper, blend them, or use strained (puréed) tomatoes.
Or
for a mushroom sauce, stir in few teaspoons or two of freshly ground dried porcini mushrooms and dried thyme or nepitella.
Or
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!
Keyword vegan
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