How to make cheese sauce recipe

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Watch our easy-to-follow video recipe for cheese sauce - it's delicious with pasta, macaroni or cauliflower.

How to make cheese sauce
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  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories163 Kcal8%
Fat11.8 g17%
Saturated Fat7.2 g36%
Carbohydrates9 g3%

If you want to know how to make cheese sauce then this easy recipe will show you how.

Cheese sauce is perfect tossed through fresh penne, baked with cauliflower to make a classic cauliflower cheese (opens in new tab) or drizzled over your favourite steak recipe for a cheesy finish. It's the base of many indulgent comfort food recipes.

We've added 20g of cheese which gives a mild flavour and keeps the recipe lower in fat. However, you can add more for a stronger flavour. Also, try using other cheese such as blue cheese or Italian hard cheese such as Parmesan. And don't feel guilty about using cheese; we've got six reasons why cheese is good for you.

Whichever way you plan on serving your cheese sauce, follow our step-by-step video recipe or use our simple method below. You'll have this creamy wonder made in no time.


  • 1 sliced onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 425ml milk
  • Parsley stalks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 40g butter
  • 20g plain flour
  • 20g Cheddar cheese (feel free to add more for a more intense flavour)
  • Pinch of nutmeg




  1. Add cold milk into pan. Next add onion, bay leaf, parsley stalks, peppercorns and stir. Bring to simmering point and cook on a low heat for 5 minute. Drain the mixture through a sieve and transfer milk back into measuring jug
  2. Put pan on low heat and add in butter until it melts then add the flour. Stir until it forms a thick past. Keep stirring for roughly 5 minutes so that it doesn't stick to pan.
  3. Take off heat and stir in small amounts of milk slowly - use a whisk to remove any lumps. Transfer pan back to heat and cook for another 5 minutes while the sauce thickens.
  4. Turn heat down, season with salt and pepper.  Add the cheese and grate in a pinch of nutmeg
  5. Finally add more salt and pepper and continue to stir until it becomes a smooth sauce
Top Tip for making How to make cheese sauce

You can make cheese sauce with plain milk rather than infused milk if you'd rather