Easy Cheese Sauce

This easy, extra creamy cheese sauce has just four simple ingredients and tastes great with broccoli, cauliflower, baked potatoes, and more!

Black Cast Iron Skillet Filled with creamy cheese sauce with a hand dipping broccoli into it.

Baked Potato Day. I would look forward to it every single Wednesday in middle school, when you’d get a big ol’ baked potato for lunch and a helping of the cafeteria’s cheese sauce. No one liked baked potato day like I did. In fact, I’m probably the only one who even liked it at all. 🤣

Alright, there are in fact a few things you need to know to make sure that you have super creamy consistency, otherwise you could easily end up with a grainy texture. Read on!

How to Melt Cheese for the Creamiest Consistency

-Melted cheese will have the best, most creamy consistency if it’s at room temperature prior to being melted.

-Avoid using cheese that’s pre-shredded. The cheese melts best if it’s purchased as a block and shredded or sliced at home.

Avoid aged cheeses. Stay away from hard cheeses like Parmesan. Those won’t melt nearly as well.

-Add the cheese to a warm base gradually. If the liquid is too hot, the fat from the cheese will separate too quickly and the consistency will be grainy or clumpy.

What to Serve with Cheese Sauce

Aside from pairing cheese sauce with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and baked potatoes, you can also drizzle it over  homemade french fries or burgers! It also makes a great dip for pretzels, bread sticks, chicken tenders, tortilla chips, and more!

Storing Leftover Cheese Sauce

This sauce is best if refrigerated and used within three days. 

Can You Freeze Cheese Sauce?

I love to freeze anything and everything, however creamy, dairy-based sauces such as this one don’t freeze well, the consistency just isn’t the same when reheated.

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3.58 from 14 votes
Servings: 4
Easy Cheese Sauce
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Cheeese Sauce, Cheese Sauce Recipe, Easy Cheese Sauce

This easy, extra creamy cheese sauce has just four simple ingredients and tastes great with broccoli, cauliflower, baked potatoes, and more!

Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour Separated
  • 3/4 cup half and half *See Notes
  • 1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, **See Notes
Instructions
  1. Shred the cheddar cheese and toss it with one tablespoon of flour. Set it aside, it should be at room temperature when you add it to the sauce.

  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.

  3. Whisk in two tablespoons of flour. Continue to whisk for 1 minute. 

  4. Slowly add the half and half and whisk to combine.

  5. Reduce the heat to low. Gradually sprinkle in the cheddar cheese, whisking constantly as you do so. Continue to whisk until the mixture is well-combined.

  6. Let the sauce continue to heat over low heat, it may appear thin at first but it will continue to thicken upon standing.

  7. Once it's reached your desired level of thickness, remove it from the heat and serve!

Recipe Notes

*Milk can also be used instead of half and half, or you can use a combination of both.

**Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese can also be combined with Sharp Cheddar in this cheese sauce if you want to mix it up!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 328, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 375mg, Potassium: 107mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 16.6%, Vitamin C: 0.5%, Calcium: 40.4%, Iron: 3.3%