Make It Yourself Monday: Cheese Sauce

Now, I realize when I use the word “cheese sauce,” this may come to mind:

I promise — that is NOT what we’re making today!  For a while now I have been making my own cheese sauce to use in macaroni and cheese, as a topping for (healthy) nachos, and, mixed with my homemade salsa, as a dip.

Homemade cheese sauce is easy to whip up, and when done right, tastes even better than the orange stuff. I think that’s called “cheez,” by the way. Here’s what you need:

Homemade Cheese Sauce

1 tbsp white flour
2 tbsp salted butter
1 cup whole milk
1 cup white cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low. Add the flour and whisk in quickly.
2. When the mixture is combined, add the milk, whisking constantly. Keep whisking for about 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
3. Add cheese slowly and stir until completely melted. Add salt & pepper to taste.

That’s it! I use this sauce on baked pasta dishes, simple mac & cheese for the kids, or to pour over broccoli and other vegetables to make them more appealing. :)

Note: You can use milk substitutes such as almond or soy milk, but don’t use low fat. Also, when using a substitute milk, the mixture will have a thinner consistency than when using whole cow’s milk.

Alternatively, you could use 1 cup of fresh shaved parmesan, asiago, or pecorino cheese in place of all or part of the cheddar. It all depends on what you have on hand and what flavors you’re going for.

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  1. Sounds great! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. No problem. It’s a really easy solution for when we want something fast, but not from a box.

  3. this is amazing. we do this as our mac n cheese.

  4. Trisha olson says:

    Hey!! This recipe was PERFECT for what I needed and tasted great!! The only question I’ve got is that the cheese had kind of a “grainy” like feel to it…is there something I’m doing wrong possibly?

  5. Priscilla says:

    To know that my daughter is a picky eater and gobbled this a up is an understatement….. She looves it

  6. Thanks for this! Needed a way to make my sauce today!! Although I usually add my spices to my cheese first!! I’m excited for dinner! Thanks again!!


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