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Homemade Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Cheese Sauce over Broccoli

Homemade is best

This homemade cheese sauce over vegetables is bound to be a hit – every time. For kids who don’t like vegetables, try serving a little of this over the vegetables or let them dip vegetables into the sauce.

It’s such an easy recipe to make, and it can be made a day or two ahead and then just heated when needed. I grew up calling this “white sauce” but later learned it can be called roux. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and any other spices you’d like. I use a touch of onion powder, salt and pepper.

How to make the cheddar cheese sauce

Begin by melting butter in a saucepan.

Slowly add the flour, stirring until it is smooth.

Add milk, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the mixture thickens.

Add shredded cheese, stirring into the sauce. At this point, you can put the lid on the saucepan, remove it from heat, and allow the cheese to melt slowly.

Serve over broccoli or other vegetables. Or use as an addition to homemade pretzels.

The recipe

Homemade Cheese Sauce

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Homemade cheese sauce beats store bought packets every time. A great addition to make a meal more kid-friendly.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Flour - 2 Tbsp.
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Onion powder optional
  • Garlic powder optional


  • On medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan
  • Add seasonings: onion and/or garlic powder (optional)
  • Slowly stir in flour until the mixture is smooth
  • Slowly pour in milk, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until sauce thickens
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add shredded cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring into mixture
  • Continue stirring, OR remove from heat and put lid on saucepan until cheese melts
  • Serve over vegetables or as a dip for steamed vegetables


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