Basic Cheese Sauce

"A basic& easy cheese sauce that I sometimes use over cooked cauliflower or broccoli."
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Ready In:
2 cups




  • Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and seasonings and stir until blended.
  • Gradually add milk and cook stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Stir in cheese and heat until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.

Questions & Replies

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  1. mavulic
    If taking to a potluck, can the sauce be reheated in a microwave before serving?


  1. mauriann06
    Great recipe..served it over salmon loaf family loved it...#hinttotomdouglas you cooked it too long cheese breaks down fast
  2. Martin A.
    I modified it by sautéing onions and garlic in the butter before adding the flour. Also, I substituted Old Bay for the cayenne pepper. Everyone loved it over steamed broccoli.
  3. PaulaG
    This is my go to recipe for cheese sauce and thought it was past time to review it. I made it yesterday to go over gluten free pasta. The flour was a gluten free blend. I like to use a combination of cheeses and typically stay with a cheddar and mozzarella blend. This is excellent with pasta or over veggies.
  4. Kristi Waterworth
    Great sauce. I used it for a casserole, so had to add more milk to make it a little thinner. :) Otherwise, thanks. Since going gluten-free, I miss my Mac & Cheese terribly. ;) Also added garlic powder, which gave it some extra ooooomph!
  5. Parker?s mom
    This was a really good and quick cheese sauce. Thanks for posting such a great sauce recipe....


  1. holliecummings
    Added basil and fresh crushed garlic
  2. Bippie
    This was great! super simple to make too. I left out the cayenne pepper but added 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes in it's place. I also replaced the cheddar cheese with shredded monterey jack. This was really good with blue corn chips on football sunday. Thanks again!!


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