Easy Cheese Sauce You’ll Want to Add to Everything!

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This rich, velvety, and easy cheese sauce recipe is super easy to make and made for dipping your favorite veggies or drizzling over baked potatoes, nachos, or even French fries! It’s a delicious and healthy way to enjoy your favorite snacks and elevate all sorts of side dishes.

This is one of those recipes that’ll become a staple in your home recipe book. It’ll probably even be incorporate at some point for those big, lavish holidays dinners. Cheese sauce can be made any time of the year though, and it’s ready in essentially no time.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

Do you love cheese? Do you want to put it on everything it seems?

Well, now you can with this delicious cheese sauce recipe of mine! This sauce is great for a quick lunch or dinner and adding to a variety of seemingly “boring” dishes. So many possibilities!

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Kids will love helping you whip this up and they’ll appreciate this recipe as it makes eating veggies more tolerable (ok, WAY more tolerable!)

Why you may ask? Because cheese and cheese sauce simply make everything better.

You can probably make this sauce today if you wanted to! If you have a a few minutes to spare and cheddar cheese somewhere in your fridge, this sauce is totally doable – even for busy bees!

In about 5 minutes you’ve got yourself a delicious and easy sauce that is perfect for dipping, pouring over vegetables, or really anything else your heart desires.

Products I used to make this recipe:

  1. Whisk
  2. Stainless Steel Saucepan/Pot

EASY CHEESE SAUCE RECIPE

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Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup MilkI recommend using a higher fat milk like mhole Milk or 2% milk as this will make your sauce creamier.
  • 1 Tablespoon ButterButter is what makes the “roux” which is the base of this sauce.
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flourAll Purpose Flour is the way to go here. This will also create the “roux” when paired with the butter base.
  • ¾ cup (3oz) grate shredded Cheddar cheese The best cheese to use for this sauce is full-fat cheddar that you shred yourself. You can use mild cheddar, sharp cheddar and or even extra sharp cheddar cheese. (I personally prefer sharp cheddar cheese here).
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste).

Instructions:

  • Start with the roux. Begin with making the roux by melting butter in a small pot on low heat.
  • Next, whisk in the flour slowly until there’s a thicker mixture or paste that is lightly golden in color. This will cook the unpleasant raw flour taste and prevent burning.
  • Pour in the milk slowly and lower the heat. This will keep the milk from burning in the pot (which can easily happen). Whisk out any lumps that may form. Stir continuously until there’s a smooth, creamy cheese sauce.
  • Add the cheddar cheese. Once the sauce has thickened, turn off heat and stir in the cheddar cheese with a handful (or a cup) at a time.
  • Add salt, pepper, and optional garlic salt, and cayenne or red pepper flakes (optional). And there you have it! A perfect cheese sauce that is ready to take your dish to the next level.

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The key to a phenomenal cheese sauce is all in the “roux”. If you do not know what this is, a roux is a mixture of flour and butter that is used to thicken sauces.

And this cheese sauce is no exception.

The base of this cheese sauce is a roux made with butter and flour. Pretty easy! You can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe, but I chose to use salted butter. Just make sure to use all-purpose flour for that aspect. This will help ensure that your sauce is the ideal thickness.

As for the milk, you can use any percentage milk you’d like. But keep in mind that the higher fat the milk, the smoother and creamier your sauce will be. When it comes to choosing a cheese, be sure to use full-fat cheese if you can.

It’s also best to start with a block of cheese that you shred yourself. The reason for this is that the anti-caking additives in bagged, pre-shredded cheese can make your sauce lumpy. I prefer to use sharp cheddar, but mild to extra sharp will all work. 

VARIATIONS

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If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-customize cheese sauce recipe, there’s no shortage of options with this one! Cheddar cheese sauce is always a hit, but with this recipe you can add your own personal touch.

Here are a few variations:

  • – Use a variety of cheeses for a more complex flavor (Monterrey Jack, Asiago, Manchego, Colby Jack, etc.)
  • – Add herbs or spices for an extra zing
  • – Use roasted garlic or shallots for a more intense flavor
  • – Mix in some hot sauce or Tabasco for a spicy cheese sauce

FAQ:

 

-Can I store and reheat this recipe?

Yes! It can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated gently on the stovetop or in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish.

If you do refrigerate and reheat your sauce, expect it to be not as smooth and creamy as it was before or as soon as you made it.

Though, if you mix/whisk the sauce with a spoon or fork after reheating it, then it should become more doable and just as yummy as when you initially made it.

-What should I do if my sauce tastes like flour?

When making this recipe, if your sauce has floury taste, it’s possible that your roux wasn’t cooked long enough prior to adding milk.

If this happens, be sure to next time, cook the butter and flour mixture until it turns golden. As the flour cooks through, this will get rid of the raw floury taste and give your sauce a more pleasant flavor.

-My cheesy sauce is lumpy – how can I make it smooth?

The best cheese sauce always starts with full-fat cheese. For a smooth sauce, it’s best to grate the cheese from the cheese block yourself.

If you’re using bagged shredded cheese, keep in mind that it often contains additives that make it harder to melt down smoothly.

To avoid clumping, let the shredded cheese sit out at room temperature for 5-15 minutes before adding it to the hot liquid. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a delicious, smooth cheese sauce every time!

WHAT TO PAIR WITH THIS CHEESE SAUCE:

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Not sure what to do with cheese sauce now that you’ve made it? No problem! There are tons of interesting ways to use it up and pair with your favorite foods.

Here are a few tasty ideas to get you started:

  • Drizzle it over roasted vegetables like brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and asparagus for an added boost of flavor.
  • Pair it with homemade French fries, tater tots and or baked potatoes
  • Use it as a dip for fresh fruit
  • Chili – sooo good!
  • Make a cheesy pasta dish by stirring it into cooked noodles
  • Spread it on sandwiches or wraps in place of mayo or mustard

There are endless possibilities for what you can do with cheese sauce, so get creative and enjoy!

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