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Cheddar Cheese Sauce

This cheddar cheese sauce is perfect over vegetables, omelets or any items made tastier with melted cheddar. Surprise your family tonight by drizzling some on baked potatoes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    5-1/2 cups


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 hot baked potatoes


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  • Serve 1-1/2 cups of cheese sauce with the baked potatoes. Refrigerate remaining sauce.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 55 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Sarah
    Jul 4, 2020

    It more resembled cheese sauce with half the liquids and double the cheese. then it wasn't too bad. I just don't recommend the recipe as is.

  • Sandy
    Jul 6, 2019

    Horrible. As done by the recipe, this barely has any cheese taste to it at all. I will never use this recipe again. Very disappointing.

  • s_pants
    May 4, 2017

    I made this for a potato bar for teacher appreciation. I went ahead and doubled the cheese to make sure it was cheesy enough and I used whole milk. Next time I don't think I would need to quite double it and I would like to try sharp cheddar as opposed to mild.

  • rllewis7
    Feb 17, 2015

    This is a great basic recipe that is so versatile! I added a can of tomatoes and green chiles to make my own queso sauce to dip tortilla chips.

  • katecrid47
    Sep 12, 2014

    This was good and very easy. I used it for broccoli and the kids ate it! I also cut the recipe in half as I didn't need that much. It came out fine. I did add a bit more cheese, maybe a 1/4 cup more.

  • rehab1
    Jul 15, 2013

    I sauteed a little diced onion then proceeded with recipe. I am not much of whole milk drinker so i diluted my milk with water. YUMMY !

  • Kim B
    Nov 27, 2011

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  • lilnwfndcheerldr
    Nov 6, 2011

    Was not nearly as cheesy as we would have liked. Next time I will probably 1-1/2 or double the amount of cheese.

  • needsomezzzs
    Oct 10, 2009

    Added some extra cheese, ground mustard and a few splashes of worstershire sauce.

  • SawyerGirls
    Mar 8, 2009

    No comment left