Best Cheese Sauce


This fabulous cheese sauce is as easy to make as it is versatile. A smooth, fail-safe sauce for Welsh rarebit, Horseshoe sandwiches, vegetables, and pasta. Try it over poached eggs and toast. Wow!

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


  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour and cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in half-and-half, Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Keep warm until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

669 Calories
60g Fat
12g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 669
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 38g 189%
Cholesterol 178mg 59%
Sodium 1223mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 634mg 49%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 248mg 5%

* 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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