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Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

By Emma :

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Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

Welcome, dear readers! Today, I am thrilled to share a recipe that’s close to my heart. As a lover of all things cheesy, I’m especially excited about this one—it’s a creamy, dreamy homemade cheese sauce that has transformed many of my ordinary meals into extraordinary ones. I’m grateful for your presence here, and I can’t wait to dive into this culinary adventure with you!


Cheese sauce is a versatile condiment that can elevate simple dishes to new heights. Whether you’re drizzling it over steamed vegetables, stirring into pasta, or using it as a dip, this sauce is a game changer. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make with just a few basic ingredients. Let’s get to the cheesy goodness!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste

How to Make

Step 1: Roux Preparation

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour until a smooth paste forms. This is your roux, which will thicken the sauce.

Step 2: Adding Milk

Gradually add the milk to the roux, whisking continuously to prevent any lumps. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and starts to thicken.

Step 3: Cheese Time

Lower the heat to medium-low and add the grated cheese, stirring until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Seasoning

Stir in the salt, paprika, garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

Step 5: Final Touch

Let the sauce simmer for a minute or two to blend the flavors, then remove from heat. Your homemade cheese sauce is ready to serve!

Helpful Tips

  • Keep the heat low when adding cheese to avoid separating the sauce.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add a splash more milk to reach your desired consistency.
  • For a smoother texture, use freshly grated cheese rather than pre-shredded cheese, which often contains anti-caking agents.


  • Dairy-Free: Use plant-based butter and milk, and substitute the cheddar with your favorite vegan cheese.
  • Extra Creamy: Add a dollop of cream cheese for an even richer texture.
  • Spicy Kick: Mix in some red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to heat things up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I make this sauce ahead of time? A: Absolutely! Just reheat on low heat, adding a bit of milk if it’s too thick.

Q: What other cheeses can I use? A: Feel free to experiment with Gruyère, Monterey Jack, or even a bit of blue cheese for a different flavor profile.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring well and adding a little milk if necessary.

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Thank you for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope this homemade cheese sauce brings as much joy to your dishes as it does to mine. Keep exploring, keep cooking, and remember—anything but boring!!

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Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x


Dive into the world of cheesy delights with this homemade cheese sauce recipe! Perfect for a cozy night in or jazzing up your weekday meals, this sauce is creamy, cheesy, and utterly irresistible. It’s simple enough for beginners but packs the rich taste that will impress even the seasoned chefs among us. Let’s bring the magic of homemade cheese sauce to your kitchen!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Start the Roux: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  2. Milk Addition: Slowly pour in the milk, continuously whisking to combine and prevent lumps. Cook until the mixture thickens slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Cheese Please: Reduce heat to low and stir in the grated cheddar cheese until melted and smooth.
  4. Flavor It Up: Add salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir well to incorporate.
  5. Ready to Serve: Once everything is combined and creamy, remove from heat. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to use.



  • For a thinner sauce, add more milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  • This sauce clings beautifully to pasta but also works great as a dip or topping for veggies and nachos.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: Approx. 150
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 390mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg