White Pasta Sauce is creamy and delicious! This recipe is made with milk instead of heavy cream and is perfect for pastas but can be used on vegetables, meat and casserole dishes too. Ready in only 10 minutes, it's better and healthier than store bought pasta sauce.
I know that if I make pasta, my kids will eat it. When I'm too tired to even think about mealtime battles, I default to pasta. They could and would eat it every night, but are pretty particular about the sauce.
While we can never go wrong with spaghetti sauce, we all need a change every now and then.
White cream sauce with milk is the perfect alternative. Made with basic pantry and fridge ingredients, this sauce recipe is super creamy and tasty.
It takes only about 10 minutes. Not only is it quick, it's healthier than recipes made with heavy whipping cream and those bought from the store. There is a minimal preparation aside from mincing the garlic cloves.
It's very similar to making a homemade mac and cheese sauce and broccoli and cheese soup.
- Milk: you can use skim, 1%, 2%, whole milk, or evaporated milk. Keep in mind that the higher the fat content, the richer the sauce will be. So whole milk will have a richer and thicker outcome than when using skim milk. I have not tried this with non-dairy milks.
- Flour: use all purpose flour rather than specialty flours.
- Parmesan cheese: use grated Parmesan instead of shredded, as grated incorporates better into the milk mixture. If using shredded, make sure it's freshly shredded and not packaged shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese is coated in preservatives that make it harder to melt without it turning rubbery or stringy.
- Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
It's as healthy as the ingredients that go into it. So if you stick with the recipe as written and do not substitute or add variations, the recipe is not entirely unhealthy. The pasta does add carbs and the cheese adds fat, so be careful if you're on a keto or weight-loss diet.
Follow these easy steps to make a quick, creamy white pasta sauce.
Step 1: Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Step 2: Add the all-purpose flour and continue stirring constantly for 1 more minute. This will create a roux, which looks like a thick white paste. Make sure the burner is on medium and not high here. Roux burns easily.
Step 3: Slowly pour in the milk, stirring as you do so. Keep stirring after all the milk is in the pot, until the sauce thickens. Add the salt, black pepper, and grated parmesan cheese. Whisk constantly while the cheese melts. After the cheese has melted, simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the pot from the heat immediately when done and toss with cooked pasta.
*This recipe makes 2 cups of sauce, which is enough for about 12 ounces of pasta. It can be doubled, tripled, or halved. Keep all ingredient ratios proportionate.
White sauce is most delicious on pasta, but is fantastic drizzled over chicken, vegetables or baked salmon and shrimp.
It's also great mixed into rice dishes or served with crusty bread and vegetable side dishes.
What To Serve With White Cream Pasta:
To make it a full meal, you can:
Add protein: serve with fried chicken tenders, grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp.
Add vegetables: add chopped spinach, kale, cherry/grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus.
Add spices: make it spicy with a dash of red pepper flakes, cayenne powder, or even scotch bonnet powder. Fresh diced jalapeños can also be added.
Fridge: store in a mason jar or airtight container for up to 2 days.
Freezer: store in plastic freezer safe bag for around 6 months. However, white pasta sauce is best used fresh on the same day. The freezer will cause texture changes.
White Pasta Sauce
- Small pot
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk whole or reduced fat
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- ¾ cup Parmesan cheese grated
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add all purpose flour and stir constantly for about 30 seconds, until a thick paste forms.
- Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly. Whisk for 1 minute, or until it a thick sauce forms.
- Add the salt, black pepper, and parmesan cheese. Stir constantly until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from the heat immediately and add to cooked chicken, pasta, fish, or vegetables.
This white cream sauce is perfectly creamy and so delicious. I paired it with some pasta and chicken and everyone loved it!
This is such a versatile sauce! I love using it on pasta, but have also used on vegetables, potatoes and meat for a gravy.
This sounds so delicious! We love pasta but I don't have very many white pasta sauce recipes. We'll definitely be giving this a try!
I made this pasta last Wednesday. I was filling lazy and didn't want anything complicated. It was simply delicious. Today my kids want it AGAIN! So, I'm telling you: this will be a staple in my kitchen!
Never getting jarred white sauce again, this is so creamy, flavorful and actually a lot easier than I thought! Delicious!
This will definitely become a staple at our house! We served it on spaghetti with roasted peppers and chicken and it was a huge hit!
I love that this uses milk instead of cream! I always have milk in the fridge, but never have any cream! This sauce is so good, you definitely don't even miss the cream!
White cream sauce is my absolute favourite, so I am SO excited to make this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂
YUM! It's almost time to start making dinner and now I'm drooling over this pasta sauce. I think I have all the ingredients so thank you for solving my dinner dilemma.
This recipe for white cream sauce has all the flavor and texture of the regular sauce, but with a lighted-up twist. So good on vegetables.
Can you use corn starch instead of flour to make the roux? I've made it with flour before and it was amazing but one of my friends is highly allergic to gluten.
I would not suggest using cornstarch to make a roux. You will have a better outcome with using gluten-free flour and you would simply substitute that for the all-purpose flour the recipe calls for in equal parts.
This was so easy to make & my whole family loved it!
Can I make this with shaker parm cheese
Can I use olive oil maybe if I happen to not have butter ?
You could try it but I don't think you'll get the same result. Another option is to skip the flour and butter roux. Follow the recipe without it, but at the end before mixing with the pasta, add cornstarch/water paste to the milk sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens.
Oh my word! I need this in my life. It's delicious.
It looks so creamy and good!
This sauce was perfect over penne pasta!
My wife super loved this dish!
This sauce was so decadent and super simple to whip up! Definitely will make again.
What a delicious and easy recipe!
Delicious and flavorful and a meal to be loved by my family. My weekend is surely a Happy Meal.
My wife will love this White Cream Sauce!
Looks like such a simple and delicious pasta sauce! Perfect for a simple weeknight dinner.
Super simple and wonderfully cozy! I like to make it on chilly weeknights and have it over pasta with vegetables.
Such an easy to make and versatile sauce.
Patty at Spoonabilities
Finally a delicious and wonderful white sauce recipe without all the heavy cream. So yum!
Such an easy and flavorful sauce! Loved how creamy and smooth this turned out; easily, a new favorite sauce!
Very good recipe for pasta 🙂 Super easy to make it
I loved the dressing, but how can I make it less thick?
Of course! Add more milk 1/8 cup at a time until it's as thin as you'd like.
So creamy and easy
I love how smooth and creamy this is!
So easy and flavorful! Thank you for sharing!
My 12 year old made this for herself and her 3 brothers, she found the instructions really easy to follow and I have pinned the recipe for her so she can make it again as they all had clean plates!
Wow, this makes it so easy, I can't wait to add this into a pasta this weekend!
Love how EASY this is! My son would love it.
My family loved this!
I’ve tried to make this sauce several times but cannot get a thick consistency. Maybe the altitude I’m at requires more flour, but this isn’t working
I'm sorry it's not working! I haven't heard that anyone can't get it to thicken, so it could very well be the altitude. I wouldn't suggest adding more flour yet. If you're at a high altitude, you'll most likely need to increase the cooking time to compensate for a lower boiling point. Once you are simmering after adding the cheese, add time in 30 second increments, until it becomes thick. Hopefully this will work!
I did not realize how easy it is to make white cream from scratch! Tastier too! I'll be trying this for a rice casserole like you suggested. Thanks!
what a perfect dinner!
Simple and tasty! My kind of recipe!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
Looks delicious and so tasty. Can't wait to try it!
It’s a perfect recipe! My kids love it and it’s so easy!!
A good way to eat creamy pasta
I love making this white cream sauce for a quick lunch for my kids, super delicious!
A very easy and simple recipe to follow. I love the way it's creamy, this makes the pasta look so yummy
Easy and cheesy is my jam!!
Dinner made real easy!