350 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 255
  • 4 star values: 69
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4

The basic white sauce that your mother probably taught you, with cheese thrown in for yumminess. Definitely helps to convinces kids to eat their vegetables!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk flour into butter until smooth. Pour milk into butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; 14 g total fat; 43 mg cholesterol; 245 mg sodium. 4.3 g carbohydrates; 8.7 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2014
Simple yet perfect cheese sauce! Tip to avoid 'gritty' sauce: You have to go old school and shred cheese from a block. Packaged shredded cheese is coated with flour to prevent shreds from sticking together and this will make the sauce slightly gritty.
(352)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2014
I grated the cheese myself and I used a good cheese but it separated slightly and didn't have enough of a cheese taste.
(1)
350 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 255
  • 4 star values: 69
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2014
Simple yet perfect cheese sauce! Tip to avoid 'gritty' sauce: You have to go old school and shred cheese from a block. Packaged shredded cheese is coated with flour to prevent shreds from sticking together and this will make the sauce slightly gritty.
(352)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
This is the cheese sauce I learned to make in Home Ec. class years ago. Once you learn how to make the white sauce you can add many things to it for home cooking. Some things I've learned over the years: 1. you need to cook the flour and butter for a bit so the sauce doesn't have a raw flour taste 2. you have to keep the heat very low or turn it off when you add the shredded cheese or it will clump up and separate; once the cheese has been added do not use high heat 3.you need to shred your cheese from a block of cheese anything that is pre-shredded has added flour to keep the shredded cheese separate. It will make your cheese sauce gritty. I add different things to the basic sauce to give it different flavors - garlic when melting the butter or Worcestershire sauce for more flavor sometimes different mustards. This is good on any vegetable or potato. By changing the type of cheese you get many different sauces. Great recipe! Thanks Samantha for sharing.
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2013
outstanding. I doubled it followed it exact. poured it over penne with some chicken pieces and broccoli. AWESOME Sauce...almost alfredo like but better...added some garlic as well for a bit of flavor. will use this all the time now
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2013
I used the recipe to make a Cheddar Potato Bake. I tripled the recipe boiled 5 lbs potato cut into bite size pieces until almost done. Drained the potato and stirred in enough cheese sauce and some left over bacon crumbled then poured into a buttered 9x13 pan. Baked for about 30 minutes sprinkled some bread crumbs over top return to oven till browned.
(66)
Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2013
Very easy and quick to make and even though I'm one of the lucky moms who's kids WILL eat their broccoli without a cheese sauce I tend to not like it too much so it helps me! LOL I made this once with old cheddar and it was MUCH better than with medium so if you're going to make it stick to old or extra old cheddar. Thanks for this recipe! I'm sure I'll use it often:)
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2015
Delicious! Was looking to make broccoli more appealing and came across this. I used corn starch for flour and organic half and half for milk. I also added some minced garlic and onion powder. I used shredded cheddar cheese and it worked out perfectly no need to use block cheese as others have suggested. Sauce was smooth with no lumps. The key is the temperature through the steps of the recipe - not block cheese versus pre shredded in the bag. Make sure to turn temperature down when cheese is added and stir continuously. Good basic recipe that everyone should know.
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2014
Absolutely delicious cheese sauce instead of shredded cheddar I used velveta cause I couldn't find my hand shredder. Came out perfect and smooth. I did change it from 2 cups milk to one cup heavy cream and 1 cup milk was heaven. My honey and son put it even on their pork chops...lol -wakswpnthr41
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
Perfect! and delicious. Just what I was looking for to pour over broccoli for something different. I used a mix of Gouda and American (because that's what I had) and I'm sure you can use just about any cheese you like. Thanks webbsk for sharing.
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2015
My sauce broke.
(10)