All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

Homemade Basic Cheese Sauce

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5-2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour (Recommended: white whole wheat)
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of ground pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever you have on hand)


Make It Now:

  1. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly to prevent lumps, until the mixture darkens a little, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Turn up heat to medium-high. Pour in the milk and continue whisking to break up any lumps. When the milk thickens to the consistency of thin gravy (approximately 2 to 3 minutes), turn off the heat and stir in the cheeses, salt, and pepper until well incorporated. If it’s still too thick, add more milk.
  3. Serve warm over vegetables, pasta, rice, or whatever you want!

Freeze For Later: Freeze leftovers in an air-tight freezer container for up to 3 months.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on the microwave. Warm up in the microwave or over low heat in a pan on the stove, stirring occasionally. Add more milk to thin it out when rewarming, if needed.