Simple Cheese Sauce Recipe

Easy Cheese Sauce

Delicious broccoli with cheese sauce

Everyone should have a basic cheese sauce recipe on hand. Cheese sauce comes in handy when making a plethora of dishes. In addition to being versatile, who doesn’t like something cheesy every once in a while? Cheese is delicious and kind of indulgent in a casual way. It is also salty and just plain good! The basic cheese sauce we’re familiar with is an American take on French fundamentals. Anyone who has made a cheese sauce before knows that it starts with a béchamel which is a mother sauce in French cuisine. Cheese is added to this classic French sauce until it melts down and forms a cheesy sauce. Almost any type of cheese can be added including Swiss, gruyere and mozzarella but cheddar is always better. Cheddar gives the sauce a sharpness that appeals to almost everyone’s taste buds and yields a very tasty sauce.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
France Medium
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
5 minutes 7 minutes
Yields: 2 cups of sauce, servings vary

Cheddar Cheese Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Cheese Sauce?

Simple Cheese Sauce Recipe – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add the flour and whisk until well mixed. It will start to bubble a bit.
3. Reduce heat to medium low and whisk in the milk until well combined.
4. Increase heat to medium and bring the milk to a boil while stirring continuously.
5. Return heat to medium low again and whisk in both cheeses until a smooth sauce forms.
6. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
7. Serve as desired.

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Cheese Sauce for pasta – Cheese Sauce for Broccoli

Consider using this sauce to make macaroni and cheese. All you have to do is cook macaroni pasta until al dente, toss it in the sauce, top it with more cheese along with breadcrumbs, and bake until golden and bubbly. This basic cheese sauce can also be used for dipping like a fondue, can be served over broccoli, French fries or served as the perfect finish for an open faced roast beef sandwich on toasted bread. You can even use it on nachos (just make sure to add a little more cheese).

Homemade Nachos with Cheese sauce and Jalapenos

Homemade Nachos with Cheese sauce and Jalapenos

Homemade Cheese Sauce is fit for:

Vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian and ketogenic diets. Please note that those on a ketogenic diet should replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour.

This cheese sauce recipe is a blank slate meaning you are free to create whatever type of sauce you want. The recipe provided yields a sharp slightly nutty sauce but you can bump up the flavor with fresh and/or dried herbs, a few cloves of garlic, increase the amount of cheese added to achieve a thicker sauce, add blue cheese crumbles or crumble bacon into the sauce to add a smoky flavor along with great texture. Jalapenos are also a nice addition for those wanting to serve the sauce over nachos. The peppers will infuse the sauce with heat.

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Category: Pasta sauces, Savory sauces

Origin: Europe, France

Diets: Ketogenic diet, Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, Vegetarian diet

Meals: Pasta, Sandwich, Toast, Vegetables

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