Learn how to make a delicious and simple cheese sauce that is perfect for homemade macaroni and cheese or to drizzle over vegetables.
A couple of weeks ago I shared a recipe for béchamel sauce (with a fairly elaborate How-To and troubleshooting tips). Béchamel is a basic white sauce made from whisking melted butter and flour together into a paste and then using that paste to thicken milk. It’s used in all kinds of other recipes, such as lasagna (like this one!) and soufflés.
Adding Cheese To Béchamel
Béchamel is a basic sauce so it’s easy to flavor it up in different ways. One of my favorite things to add is cheese. In fact, homemade macaroni and cheese is made with a cheese-doused béchamel.
You start by making your béchamel and then you take it off the heat to add in the cheese. I also like to add some Dijon mustard and cayenne to mine. A small amount of spice helps to balance all that delicious creaminess.
Using The Cheese Sauce
While mac n’ cheese is the obvious choice, this cheese sauce is also an amazing dip or drizzle for vegetables, especially broccoli. Or how about pouring it over a baked potato and crumbling some bacon on top?
It’s so good you can even just dip bread or crackers in it. Go for it!
I’d love to hear all the ways you find to enjoy this.
This post originally appeared in March 2017 and was revised and republished in July 2021.