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Cheese sauce in a clear bowl on a blue and white plate

How to Make Cheese Sauce

Learn how to make CHEESE SAUCE and pair it with all your favorite recipes! This EASY step-by-step guide helps you make the PERFECT homemade cheese sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese sauce for pasta, cheese sauce recipe, how to make cheese sauce
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 271kcal


  • Saucepan


  • 3 Tbsps. butter
  • 3 Tbsps. flour
  • 2-3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar or gruyere cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Add flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    melting the butter in a pot
  • Gradually add milk and stir. The flour mixture will dissolve completely and the sauce will start to thicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    sauce roux adding flour
  • Remove from heat and add the cheese. Return the saucepan to the stove, lower the heat to the minimum and stir constantly, until the cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the sauce looks too thick, you can add some more milk.
    Melting cheese for cheese sauce



  • Reheating: Keep cheese sauce in the fridge for up to one week. Reheat on low in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium heat with some additional milk.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 185mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 0.4mg