This is a variation on the common white sauce which I used when I needed to make a quick sauce to have over Whole Foods spinach ravioli.     I wanted the sauce to have a bit of flavor to enhance the somewhat bland ravioli.    It was kinda based on a recipe for Ravioli with a Light Cream Sauce found in


1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ medium onion

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1 cup milk. (I prefer whole milk)

¼ cup whipping cream

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and white pepper


1. Warm the milk in a microwave.

2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions. Cook them, stirring frequently, until translucent but not browned.

4. Add the flour, stirring with a small whisk. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. If the flour-mixture begins to turn to a light biscuit-color remove from heat but continue to stir.

5. Gradually stir in the milk and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens slightly.

6. Lower the heat to low and stir in Parmesan cheese until it is well-mixed with the sauce.

7. Remove saucepan from the heat.

8. Stir in the cream.

9. Add salt and white pepper to taste.