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Rating: 3.24 stars
121 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 24

This is a very easy cheese sauce that gets my family to eat their vegetables. If you've always wondered how to make melted cheese pourable, this is the recipe you've been looking for. Longhorn cheese is melted and combined with milk, cornstarch, spices and yellow food coloring for a sauce you can serve with most anything.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup milk with cornstarch; mix well and set aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine cheese with 2 cups milk and melt. Stir in garlic salt, red pepper and food coloring. To the melted cheese add the cornstarch mixture and stir well.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 14.8g; carbohydrates 9.9g; fat 16.9g; cholesterol 52.7mg; sodium 504.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (94)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2007
This recipe makes a delicious cheese sauce, providing you assemble it the right way! Bring the milk to a boil with 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (left out the food coloring), then whisk in the milk-corn starch slurry. It will thicken almost immediately. Let it boil for a minute or so, stirring the whole time, then remove it from the heat and stir in the cheese. The sauce has a great consistency and is very tasty. It does have a slight grainy texture, but ANY sauce made with real cheese is like that. We had it over corkscrew pasta and it was like fancy mac and cheese, would be excellent over broccoli or cauliflower. My boyfriend thought it tasted like something you'd get at a restaurant. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/11/2006
Please listen, save your cheese milk cornstarch and time and look for another recipe. This does not cook right and we have tried it a few times and have learned the hard way! Like most of the other people are saying, it DOES go grainy and is way way too runny and the taste and looks of it is ugh. Me and my fiance spent way tooo much time on this and wasted milk cheese and now have nothing to dip our coliflower into. Read More
(75)
121 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 24
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2007
This recipe makes a delicious cheese sauce, providing you assemble it the right way! Bring the milk to a boil with 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (left out the food coloring), then whisk in the milk-corn starch slurry. It will thicken almost immediately. Let it boil for a minute or so, stirring the whole time, then remove it from the heat and stir in the cheese. The sauce has a great consistency and is very tasty. It does have a slight grainy texture, but ANY sauce made with real cheese is like that. We had it over corkscrew pasta and it was like fancy mac and cheese, would be excellent over broccoli or cauliflower. My boyfriend thought it tasted like something you'd get at a restaurant. Read More
(159)
Rating: 1 stars
07/11/2006
Please listen, save your cheese milk cornstarch and time and look for another recipe. This does not cook right and we have tried it a few times and have learned the hard way! Like most of the other people are saying, it DOES go grainy and is way way too runny and the taste and looks of it is ugh. Me and my fiance spent way tooo much time on this and wasted milk cheese and now have nothing to dip our coliflower into. Read More
(75)
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2003
This is the best cheese sauce I have ever made. I used Cheddar. It worked the first time I made it - perfect texture, NOT RUNNY... quick(5 min.)/simple/mmgood! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2009
This is a great basic recipe for cheese sauce.. it just has the order of adding things a bit backwards... -do the 1/2 cup milk and cornstartch and set it aside. -in a sauce pan bring to a boil 2 cups milk and seasonings. -once the milk boils add the milk/cornstartch mixture. -once everything is mixed together and it thickens (it will thicken alot) THEN ADD YOUR CHEESE -As with most sauces you add the cheese LAST not first!! This turned out creamy and super yummy for me. I poured it over rotini noodles and it was perfect!! -i also used up some heavy whipping cream i had left over from alfredo sauce. So what i did was used the rest of my heavy whipping cream with milk (just mixed it all together) Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2004
I thought this recipe was going to be runny like the people had mentioned above but it's not. You have to let it boil first and then it will thicken. I only added 2 cups of milk because of what was mentioned in the other reviews but I think all of it would have worked as well.It turned out very thick and delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2003
I find I needed to add a bit of sherry or lemon juice to the cheese a few minutes before cooking this. THat keeps the cheese from becoming stringy. Also cut back on the milk a bit. It's a great sauce! I've tried to do cheese sauce by hand before and failed miserably. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2011
Nope did not turn out for me either. I'm wondering if it could be the type of cheese used or even milk. I always use skim milk but mayb whole or 2% would be better. Read More
(11)
Rating: 1 stars
11/10/2009
Followed the recipe (and I do cook quite a bit) EXACTLY. Inedible. A waste of milk and cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2005
My kids really like this sauce. I use more cheese than is stated but I didn't measure it (sorry). I do not normally have cornstarch but used arrowroot instead and it thickened nicely after gently boiling it. I use this sauce for veggies but I have also poured it into a baking dish with some noodles baked it for 25ish minutes and made a mac-n'-cheese my boxed-character-shaped-mac-and-cheese-only kids scarfed! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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