Homemade Cheese Sauce

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Cheese dip is a great condiment, nacho topping, or delicious for dipping. With this Homemade Cheese Sauce recipe, you can make it fresh in your kitchen in minutes! No more canned cheese sauce once you taste this easy cheesy dip.

Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

Whenever it’s nacho night, simply spread tortilla chips out onto a sheet pan and top with this Homemade Cheese Sauce along with taco meat, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. Such an easy dinner and really fun to eat!

Another thing we love to do with this easy cheese dip is to serve it with freshly made pretzel bites. This is a perfect snack!

Do you like to make condiments and dips at home? Check out these recipes: Rotel Dip with Ground Beef | Alfredo Sauce | The Best White Queso Dip | In’n’Out Burger Sauce Recipe | Fry Sauce 4 Ways | Alabama White Sauce

The Ingredients

(the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

Butter – we use regular salted butter, but unsalted works as well.

All-purpose flour – the flour serves as the thickener for the cheese dip.

Milk – whole or 2% milk would be the best to use for this recipe.

Sharp cheddar cheese – buy it already grated, or freshly grate cheddar from a block of cheese.

ingredients to make Homemade Cheese Sauce.

How to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

melting butter in a skillet and adding the flour.

Slowly whisk in the milk. It may be a big clumpy at first, but keep whisking and the sauce will become smooth.

pouring milk into the cheese sauce.

Add the cheese and stir until melted into the sauce.

adding grated cheddar cheese to the skillet with a whisk.

This will be thick and creamy.

Tip: for a thinner sauce, add milk a small amount at a time to the sauce as it cooks over medium heat until it reaches your desired consistency.

whisking freshly made Homemade Cheese Sauce.

What to Serve with Cheese Dip

Chips – Tortilla chips and delicious with this dip.

Soft Pretzel Bites – Get our recipe for homemade pretzel bites and whip up a batch to dip in the cheese sauce.

Bread – Dip slices of fresh baguette in the cheese sauce.

As a Condiment – You can top all sorts of foods with cheese dip, such as tacos, chicken, baked potatoes, and more.

cheese sauce

How to Store Cheese Sauce

Keep the leftovers in an airtight food storage container and refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave on high heat in 30-second cooking intervals until hot, stirring well between each heating interval.

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Homemade Cheese Sauce

Cheese dip is a great condiment, nacho topping, or delicious for dipping. With this Homemade Cheese Sauce recipe you can make it fresh in your kitchen in minutes! No more canned cheese sauce once you taste this easy cheesy dip.
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium high heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk. Add the cheese and stir until melted into the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 1mg

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