Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe

An easy Homemade Cheese Sauce for appetizers, drizzling over broccoli, or topping pasta and baked potatoes. It’s ready in 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients!

Today, I’m officially petitioning to make cheddar cheese sauce the 6th Mother Sauce.

After all, people around the world have veggies to top, snacks to dip, and noodles to smother.

3 ingredients? 5 minutes? This Homemade Cheese Sauce is definitely a contender.

An easy Homemade Cheese Sauce for appetizers, drizzling over broccoli, or topping pasta and baked potatoes. It's ready in 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients!

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My husband has spent the last couple of years trying various homemade cheese sauce recipes to find one that can compete with the Tostitos jarred nacho cheese.

Nothing ever really lived up to his/our expectations. They all congeal too quickly or take too much time and effort. We are actually FINE with making a roux first, or whatever, but it never did much for the final cheese sauce.

Luckily my friend Nagi at RecipeTin Eats figured out that a can of evaporated milk makes all the difference. Toss some shredded cheese with cornstarch, stir in evaporated milk, and you’re done.

It’s a fast and easy dip that tastes GREAT, especially with the Homemade Soft Pretzels I’m sharing tomorrow.

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5 from 5 votes

Homemade Cheese Sauce

An easy Homemade Cheese Sauce for appetizers, drizzling over broccoli, or topping pasta and baked potatoes. It's ready in 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients!
Course Appetizer, Pantry, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 175kcal
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • In a small saucepan, combine cheddar cheese and cornstarch. Toss until cheese is evenly coated.
  • Stir in evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until cheese is melted and smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and keep warm until serving time.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from RecipeTin Eats.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal


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  1. Susie

    Best and easiest cheese sauce ever . I used pizza mozzarella and some powdered cheddar, garlic salt, pepper and parsley, dash of cayenne , so good!!!!! Oh, I also did in microwave. Thanks for the awesome recipe👍5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Thanks so much Susie! I’m glad you liked the recipe! :D -Meggan

  2. Sheila

    Hello, your recipe looks easy and delicious. I need to prepare this for a catering event for 50 people . It will bee drizzled on roasted potatoes. Can you please help modify the ingredient list. Much appreciated!!

    1. meggan

      Hi Shelia, there is a slider on the recipe that allows you to change the quantity (from 2 cups to say, 20 cups, as an example). The ingredient list will change accordingly. I don’t know how many pounds of roasted potatoes you need to serve 50 people or how much cheese sauce you want to drizzle, I’m sorry about that! I have never had a catering business myself to know these things, but I am very excited for yours! Good luck! -Meggan

  3. Charles Scott

    Really good and easy to make. I didn’t want to mess a pan so I microwaved for 3 minutes at 30 second intervals and stirred. Came out perfect. Great w pretzels!5 stars

  4. Michelle Gonzalez

    Just amazing! My daughter and I have been looking for a cheese sauce for pretzels. This is the first one we tried and we are stopping here! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  5. Texican1911

    For chips, consider putting in a half jar of your favorite salsa!

  6. Laurie

    I was looking for a quick and simple cheese sauce to go with my homemade pretzels and this sauce was not only easy to put together- it was delicious!  My husband and I loved it and will definitely make it again 😀5 stars

    1. meggan

      Wonderful Laurie! Thank you so much! There are a lot of bad cheese sauce recipes out there, so I appreciate that you tried mine and I’m so relieved that you liked it! And that your husband did (always the true test right?). :) Thank you again!

  7. Emma

    This is 100% crazy I just went to Disneyland land with my parents and siblings and I had one of there pretzels I was in love!!!! And when I tried this recipe I doubted that it would work but I’m stunned it tastes amazing I’m reliving Disney pretzels all over again!! Thanks so much! 
    -emma

  8. Emma

    This is 100% crazy I just went to Disneyland land with my parents and siblings and I had one of there pretzels I was in love!!!! And when I tried this recipe I doubted that it would work but I’m stunned it tastes amazing I’m reliving Disney pretzels all over again!! Thanks so much!5 stars

  9. Angela

    That nacho cheese sauce was gross. No one liked it.

    1. Emma Best

      I don’t know what you were talking about it was amazing

    2. meggan

      Sorry to hear that, Angela. We really like it in our house, but everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. I hope you find one you like!

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