How to Make a Quick Cheese Sauce for Vegetables

A Rich and Delicious Cheese Sauce in Under 10 Minutes

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Cheese sauce on cauliflower. Diana Rattray

 A cheese sauce adds flavor and richness to vegetables, and it's especially good on cooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and many other vegetables.

Here's what you'll need to make about 1 1/4 cups of cheese sauce.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • dash of nutmeg, optional
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk, light cream, or half-and-half
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese or a blend of Cheddar and Colby or Monterey Jack
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the mustard and nutmeg.
  3. Gradually stir in the 3/4 cup of milk and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened (the cheese will thicken the sauce even more).
  4. Add the cheese and continue cooking, stirring, until cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth and bubbling. Stir in a little more milk -- a few teaspoons at a time -- if you want a thinner consistency.
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste. 


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