Basic Cheese Sauce
A versatile basic cheese sauce recipe that can be used for topping vegetables, a dipping sauce, nachos, or mac and cheese. Super simple.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded from a block
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- pepper to taste
Shred cheddar cheese using a grater and set aside.
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Whisk in flour and cook for a minute or two.
Whisk in milk slowly.
Bring to a gentle simmer and whisk until thickened.
Remove from heat or turn heat down to lowest setting, and stir in cheese a little add a time. If your heat is too high, your sauce might "break" and take on a grainy texture.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
A block of cheddar cheese will yield better results than pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese contains additives that can create a grainy texture when melted into the sauce.
Add more cheese if you need it thicker or a cheesier flavor.
Add a bit more milk if it starts to get too thick.
Add more salt if it doesn't "pop" in flavor.