11/12/2013 10:23 pm ET

Recipes Made Better By Béchamel Sauce (PHOTOS)

When it comes to the classics, it doesn't get much better than béchamel sauce. A white sauce made with a butter, flour and milk base, it's a creamy key to holding together some of our favorite dishes -- especially lasagna, gratins, scalloped potatoes and mac and cheese.

From traditional French cuisine, béchamel sauce is a staple both on its own and as a base for other, more complex sauces. It starts off with a roux of butter and flour, which is cooked and then added into warmed milk. The finished product is a thick and creamy white sauce -- and once you start using it, you'll never look back.

We've put together our 13 favorite recipes made with béchamel, and we promise you won't believe how such an easy sauce can truly transform your meals.

  • 1 Lasagna Bolognese
    Simply Recipes
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  • 2 Scalloped Potatoes
    Get the Scalloped Potatoes Recipe by Bell'alimento
  • 3 Oxtail Macaroni and Cheese
    Mimi Thorisson/Manger
  • 4 Chile con Queso
    Brown Eyed Baker
    Get the Chile con Queso Recipe by Brown Eyed Baker
  • 5 Spinach Gratin with Hard Boiled Eggs
    Simply Recipes
  • 6 Oven-Fried Spanish Croquettes
    Gimme Some Oven
    Get the Oven-Fried Spanish Croquettes Recipe by Gimme Some Oven
  • 7 Gratin of Asparagus with Cheese Béchamel
    Mimi Thorisson/Manger
  • 8 Butternut Squash Lasagna
    Foodie Crush
    Get the Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe by Foodie Crush
  • 9 Baked Ziti
    Buns In My Oven
    Get the Baked Ziti Recipe by Buns In My Oven
  • 10 Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches
    Get the Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches Recipe by Bell'alimento
  • 11 Chicken & Ham Pie
    Mimi Thorisson/Manger
    Get the Chicken & Ham Pie Recipe by Manger
  • 12 Moussaka
    Brown Eyed Baker
    Get the Moussaka Recipe by Brown Eyed Baker
  • 13 Bouchée à la Reine
    Mimi Thorisson/Manger
    Get the Bouchée à la Reine Recipe by Manger

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