Cheese Sauce for Broccoli and Cauliflower


This cheese sauce recipe is for the basic white sauce that your mother probably taught you, with Cheddar cheese thrown in for yumminess. Definitely helps to convince kids to eat their vegetables!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Need a simple cheese sauce recipe for broccoli and cauliflower? Your search ends here!

How to Make Cheese Sauce

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Cheese Sauce Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this cheese sauce recipe at home:

· Butter and flour: This basic cheese sauce starts with a simple roux made with butter and all-purpose flour.
· Milk: A cup of milk helps create the perfect consistency.
· Cheese: For the best results, shred your own Cheddar cheese from a block.
· Seasonings: This cheese sauce for broccoli and cauliflower is simply seasoned with salt and black pepper.

How to Make a Cheese Sauce

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade cheese sauce for broccoli and cauliflower:

1. Make a roux.
2. Stir in the milk until thick.
3. Stir in the cheese until melted and season.

What to Do With Cheese Sauce

While this cheese sauce recipe was created to use with broccoli and cauliflower, it can be used for so much more. Pair it with pretzels, chips, or French fries. You can also pour it over nachos or baked potatoes.

How to Store Cheese Sauce

Store your leftover cheese sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave (in 30-second increments, stirring often).

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I was looking for a quick, easy, low-carb cheese sauce recipe for broccoli and cauliflower and this one is perfect," according to LadyG. "It is now one of my favorites!!"

"Absolutely stunning," raves lily thiessen. "It tasted so good and it was perfect for broccoli. Finally got the kids to eat their veggies!"

"I also like to add a couple drops of Worcestershire sauce and a dollop of Dijon mustard to deepen the flavor," says Simplecookingmama.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add flour and whisk continuously until mixture turns golden and forms a smooth paste. Add milk and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add Cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.


Try serving this over steamed broccoli.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
14g Fat
4g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 245mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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