Basic Cheese Sauce Recipe

Cheese Sauce – a cooking basics recipe

Basic Cheese Sauce Recipe

Cheese Sauce

A Cooking Basics recipe from

A great cheese sauce is a cooking basic you’ll use again and again

I love vegetables in cheese sauce.

I hate being served cheese sauce that doesn’t taste of cheese. Do you know what I mean?

You go to one of those serve yourself buffets and see the cauliflower in a cheese sauce and think, great! My favourite.

But it tastes of nothing. Another Meh moment.

With this recipe I guarantee that will never happen to your guests.

Start with a basic white sauce

Cheese sauce starts with a basic white sauce made from butter, sauce flour and milk.

Mastering a basic white sauce is satisfying and gives you the confidence to try other sauces. Like this Onion Sauce recipe that packs a punch of flavour when added to steamed cabbage, or poured over roast chicken.

The nutritional stuff

Cheese. As you would expect, cheese is a great source of calcium. But you may not know that it’s packed with vitamins too.

Made from milk, cheese contains vitamins A, B2, B3, B7, B12, and K. Cheese also provides iron, phosphorus to help keep bones and teeth healthy, potassium for cardiovascular health, and selenium that may help lower the risk of developing some cancers.

This recipe is not low fat!

This recipe does use quite a lot of grated cheese so that tells you that it’s relatively high in fat content. Having said that, the recipe makes sauce for 4 – 6 servings so you aren’t having all that fat in the one portion.

Remember to watch the amount of saturated fat in your diet.

But if you feel tempted to cut cheese out of your diet altogether, and you’re not transitioning to a vegan diet, remember the valuable role it plays in your diet.

Get more information on nutrition and having a balanced diet here.

Then come back here and learn how to make your cheese sauce.

See the video

Click here for the video showing you how to make this fantastic cheese sauce.

Basic Cheese Sauce Recipe
Yield: Serves 4-6

Delicious Cheese Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

I love cheese sauce.

I hate cheese sauce that doesn't taste of cheese. Sadly, carvery meals often have cauliflower cheese as a side dish made by someone who doesn't like the cost of cheese! The result is a sauce that tastes of nothing. Yuck!

My recipe for cheese sauce is really simple and packed with flavour.

You'll see that my recipe uses grated cheddar but I haven't stated the weight of cheese. That's because it's a matter of taste.

Having said that, you should use mature cheddar for this recipe.

Nothing else will do.

In the video, and reflected in the ingredients list below, I'm making a pint of sauce as it's to serve 4-6 people as a side dish. Reduce the quantities of the ingredients if you want to make less sauce.


  • 50g plain (sauce) flour
  • 50g butter
  • 1 pint of whole milk
  • 1tsp English mustard
  • Mature cheddar - grated
  • A little blue cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Melt the butter and add the flour.
  2. Stir the butter and flour until it's fully mixed together.
  3. Turn up the heat a little and begin to add the milk a little at a time. Stir continuously to give you a smooth sauce.
  4. Once the milk has all been added turn up the heat to medium and keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
  5. Add the mustard, salt and pepper.
  6. Mix well and taste the sauce, checking the seasoning.
  7. Turn the heat down and begin to add the grated cheddar and a little blue cheese (if using) and stir the cheese into the sauce.
  8. Check the flavour and add more cheese as you want to suit your tastes.
  9. The sauce is ready to use.


How to serve your cheese sauce.

This cheese sauce recipe is great for pouring over steamed cauliflower and broccoli. Simply steam the vegetables, add salt and pepper, and pour the cheese sauce over the top.

Add a little extra grated cheddar to the top and cook in a hot oven until the cheese topping turns a golden brown.

The finished dish is great served with chicken or meat of your choice. Personally, I love this served with a tuna steak and roast potatoes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 51mgSodium 348mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 7g

Nutrition information is for guidance only and has not been calculated or checked by agiftedamateur

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