Macaroni and cheese. Hot cheese dips and sauces. Creamy baked vegetable or seafood dishes. Pasta with white sauce. These are a few of the places béchamel sauces can take you. Béchamel is one of five mother sauces from which many other hot (or cooked) sauces are built. It’s ideal for improving pasta, vegetables and fish. We’ll lay out the basic recipe for making béchamel and where to go from there.