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cheddar cheese sauce in bowl scooped with tortilla chip
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5 from 4 votes

Easy Cheese Sauce

Easy 5 minute Cheese Sauce from scratch! Spoon it over vegetables, nachos, baked potatoes, french fries and add pasta for mac and cheese!
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese sauce, nacho cheese sauce, cheese sauce for fries
Servings: 4


  • recommended: box grater to grate cheese


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk 2% used - skim not recommended
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Grate the cheese then set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then sprinkle the flour over the top. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour in the milk and salt, whisking constantly until the milk and flour mixture are combined. Increase the heat, bring to a full boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove the pan from the heat then add the cheese, gently stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is silky. Taste and adjust for salt then eat right away.