This mild, kid-friendly sauce is creamy and velvety, with a subtle tang from sharp cheddar. Try it with steamed or sautéed veggies, baked potatoes, nachos, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, and hot cooked macaroni or penne. Using sharp cheddar cheese is important here, as you want the zippy flavor mild just doesn't have. And here's a bonus: This slimmed-down sauce boasts a fraction of the fat you'd find in regular or processed cheese sauces.
1 cup 1% low-fat milk, divided
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/3 cup packed)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Combine 1/4 cup milk and flour in a saucepan; stir with a whisk. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup milk and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and pepper, stirring until cheese melts.
Tips: Remove from heat, then stir in the cheese to ensure that the sauce doesn't curdle. The flour helps stabilize the dairy mixture, but if it's boiled after the cheese is added, the sauce will separate or curdle.
I doubled the recipe and combined it with some leftover noodles and ham. I put it in a casserole dish, topped with some crushed crackers, and baked it for 15 minutes. It would be easy to add some leftover veggies for a nice filling casserole on a chilly day.
Simlply follow the directions and the smoothest most amazing Sauce will result. Use an aged cheddar and you'll have plenty of flavor, add jalapeños and macaroni, spark up a fattie and prepare to relax.
Because no butter was blended with the flour to make a roux, the sauce came out incredibly gritty and powdery tasting. The butter is essential to blend with the flour so you don't have that problem. I also put in 3 times the amount of cheese because you could hardly taste the cheese by adding the recommended amount in the recipe.