How to make cheese sauce recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 5 min
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 163 kCal 8%
Fat 11.8g 17%
  -  Saturates 7.2g 36%
Carbohydrates 9g 8%
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  • 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 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


    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Turn heat down, season with salt and pepper.  Add the cheese and grate in a pinch of nutmeg

    • 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

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