Cheese sauce in pan with wooden spoon

Cheese sauce

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 8 mins - 10 mins

Easy

Serves 6

This classic, storecupboard white sauce is loaded with strong cheddar cheese – our easy recipe is ready in 15 minutes. Use to make macaroni or cauliflower cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal219
  • fat14g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.54g
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Ingredients

  • 500ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g strong cheddar (or 50g cheddar, 50g blue cheese)
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

Method

  1. Pour the milk into a large saucepan and add the flour and butter. Turn on the heat to medium and start to whisk the mixture. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for another 2 mins while the sauce bubbles then stir in the cheese (or cheeses) until melted.

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Sheila Anne's picture
Sheila Anne
4th May, 2018
Easy recipe to use but I had to use 40g more of cheese as it tasted like there was to was to much flour in it. I would use 2 tbsp of flour instead next time.
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Ozalid
26th Oct, 2017
3.8
I just made this for myself as my wife is visiting her parents, it reminded me of the cauliflower cheese my mother used to make me as a boy, I used plenty of grated strong cheddar and cut up the cauliflower quite small, after boiling for a while in salted water I transferred it to the sauce to finish off, it was delicious.
lindsay_marsh
20th May, 2017
3.8
Pretty easy to make, but I think I would up the amount of cheese next time for a stronger flavour. Useful basic sauce.
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