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! Slow Cooker friendly, too.

You'll want to eat these cheese sauce on soft preztels, cooked veggies like broccoli and asparagus, or on potato skins. See more homemade sauces here.

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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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.

This is a really simple, easy, tasty cheese sauce recipe for appetizers, vegetables, baked potatoes, or any other time you want to drizzle cheese.

Toss some shredded cheese with cornstarch, stir in evaporated milk, and you're done.

Can you put Homemade Cheese Sauce in a slow cooker?

Yes, this recipe works in a slow cooker! Just make it on the stove and transfer it to your favorite slow cooker (I used one of the "mini sizes" and there is room for a double batch of this cheese sauce recipe).

I've left it on the "warm" setting for a few hours and all it ever needs is a little stir. It works really well!

Can you make Homemade Cheese Sauce spicy?

You can stir in a can 4-ounce of diced green chiles, drained, for some extra flavor and heat. You can do that on the stove or in a slow cooker.

If you add them to the slow cooker, just be sure the cheese sauce is back to "hot" before serving (the chiles might cool it down temporarily).

5 from 5 votes

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!
Course Appetizer, Pantry
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 and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 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. Or, transfer to a slow cooker on the "warm" setting for serving.

Recipe Notes

One (4-ounce) can of diced green chiles, drained, can be added to the cheese sauce. Stir until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Adapted from RecipeTin Eats.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal

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  1. Alyssa Zellner

    Is this sauce something that could be kept on a heated buffet?

    1. meggan

      Hi Alyssa, I tested this! Yes, it was great in a mini crockpot on the “warm” setting. If I left it uncovered, a skin formed, but it wasn’t anything that couldn’t easily be stirred back in. And, sometimes the sauce looked like it was a little textured from siting (looked like it curdled, maybe?) but a quick stir and it was as smooth as ever, no issues. I let it sit in the crock pot for about 3 hours. It was great! I also tried stirring in a can of diced green chiles (the 4-ounce size, drained) it that was good too. All in all, no issues on a buffet as long as you can keep it warm. It held up really well. Thanks for the question! -Meggan

    2. meggan

      Hi Alyssa, off the top of my head I don’t know for sure. Evaporated milk feels like a fairly stable dairy product when I think about it, but without testing this I don’t know for sure. The biggest issue would be whether it separates or congeals, both would be gross. I’m assuming you’re thinking of putting it in a crockpot or something (or were you thinking more like a heated chafing dish?). I can test it and find out, but probably not in time for whenever you would need to know (my next test kitchen day is January 25th). I wish I could tell you with certainty whether it would work! I feel like it would probably be fine, and this is definitely an important question for the recipe. I just would hate for you to be disappointed. Sorry about that. I’ll post my results once I’ve had a chance to test it out! Thanks. -Meggan

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Texican1911

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

  7. 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!

  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! 
    -emma

  9. 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

  10. 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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