Basic Creamy Cheese Sauce

"This is a basic cheese sauce that you can spruce up with any herbs or spices you may like. I like this sauce with baked potatoes."
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Ready In:
2 cups




  • Melt butter in heavy saucepan on top of stove.
  • Add flour and stir until well mixed and bubbly being careful not to scorch.
  • Remove from heat and add milk; stirring until well blended.
  • Return sauce to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat, add shredded cheese and parmesan and cook until cheese melts and there is no taste of raw starch.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. I love this recipe!!!I am a ninth grade Cambridge IGCSE student and I have chosen Food and Nutrition as my subject.When we had our practical test,I had to prepare a sauce and I used this recipe and everyone loved it!!Both my friends and teachers loved it.I am so thankful to the person who posted this. Definetly 5 stars :) :) :)
  2. Really good and super easy. A couple details to note: be sure to use cheese that does NOT come pre shredded. Pte shredded cheeses contain cellulose, an anti-caking agent that will lead to subprime melting. Also, i recommens adding the cheese a lite before the milk/butter/flour melts. Heading the cheese slowly will help keep it smooth and creamy.
  3. As a basic cheese sauce it was good. I highly recommend using a sharp cheese, such as sharp cheddar. We used mild at first and it was missing something, we added a little more milk and 1/2 of sharp cheddar and then it was really good. Thank you for the recipe!
  4. I love this recipe! I'm only 13 so i don't know too much about cooking but it was simple and so easy to follow! Thanks for posting! Definetly 5 stars! :)
  5. I added more cheese and less milk for a cheesier and thicker sauce. Our kids just loved it and have asked if I could make this instead of Kraft dinner, which is usually a treat for them, because they don't get it often! Made for 1-2-3 tag


  1. I absolutely love this easy to follow recipe the only thing I add different is a TBS of garlic powder instead of salt
  2. Instead of using the sauce for veggies,it was used as a topping for Chili Cheese Dogs. For the 1/2 cup cheese,I used a blended cheese. It contained Vermont Cheddar and mild California Jack.I made the recipe as it was written,but for some reason the sauce turned out sort of grainy. Even though it was a bit grainy, we still enjoyed it. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "



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