Easy cheddar cheese sauce for vegetables made with just 6 ingredients. Perfect for pouring over your favorite veggies! Picky eater kids everywhere will love this delicious recipe.
If you’ve ever poured cheese out of a jar to get your kids to eat more veggies, this recipe is for you!
This cheddar cheese sauce is so simple to make, and tastes delicious!
We love serving it over fresh steamed broccoli, or whatever veggie we are having for dinner that night.
How to make cheddar cheese sauce
Today we’re making lightened up cheddar cheddar cheese sauce that is:
- Ready in less than 10 minutes
- only 6 ingredients
- Made naturally lower calorie + gluten free
No funny ingredients or junk, just good old homemade cheese sauce.
Let’s do this!
For this recipe, I used 2% milk in place of heavy cream or other higher fat milk.
You can’t taste the difference and it still gets thick thanks to cornstarch (<— which also keeps it gluten free!)
Ever since making my 5 minute nacho cheese sauce, I have been using this method to make all of my cheese sauces.
I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a roux again, this way is just so much easier and tastes delicious!
I’m a big fan of using cornstarch and don’t see that changing any time soon. It’s just such a time saver!
Add the cheese, milk, cornstarch, and spices to a medium sized sauce pan.
Heat all the ingredients on the stove for 10 minutes or less, the longer you stir the thicker it will get when heated.
Stir often to avoid burning, and use a whisk to get out any clumps of cornstarch or cheese.
You will end up with a velvety smooth cheese sauce!
The paprika is totally optional, and does not make it spicy, but I like that little extra something something it gives.
If you have super picky eaters, just leave it out for a super mild gluten free cheese sauce.
Pour over your veggie of choice and call it a win when your kids are eating their veggies without a fight.
I have made this recipe with colby jack cheese too and the taste is almost exactly the same.
I think it’s safe to say that any mild cheese would work here.
Let me know how your kids like this one and leave me a comment below!
We served ours with fresh steamed broccoli, garlic parmesan roasted potatoes, and veggie burgers for a well rounded dinner.
Reader Melissa tried it and here’s what she said: “This is the easiest, best tasting , ‘lightened up’ cheese sauce recipe ever!
I usually make a beer or wine cheese roux based sauce but didn’t have the time to give it the attention it needed.
I found this recipe and made it for some roasted potatoes. My fam loved it! I’ll definitely make it again!
I’ll try it over nachos next time and will experiment with the types of cheese used. Thanks for sharing!”
P.S. If you love this sauce, be sure to check out my Roasted Cauliflower Shells and Cheese which uses a variation of this cheese sauce recipe.
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Easy Cheese Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and stir on medium heat until to desired thickness (around 5 - 10 minutes)
- Pour over vegetables of choice!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g