Cheese Sauce Recipe

Cheese sauce is extremely versatile and can be used in a number of dishes. You can use it to liven up steamed or boiled vegetables, serve it with pasta or prepare it for classic dishes such as macaroni or cauliflower cheese.


  • 1 pint (600 ml) of milk
  • 1½ oz (40 g) of plain flour
  • 1½ oz (40 g) of butter
  • 2 oz (55 g) of grated mature Cheddar cheese
  • 1 oz (30 g) of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper


Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium sized saucepan. Add the flour and mix together to form a smooth paste and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Very slowly, add the milk, a little at a time, whilst continuously whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir or whisk and cook over a medium – high heat until the sauce starts to thicken and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Do not allow the sauce to boil.

Add the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and stir until the cheeses melt. Add the cayenne pepper and then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper cook gently for a few more minutes. Stir well and serve with vegetables of your choice or chicken or fish as you choose.

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