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Colby-Jack Cheese Sauce

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 6 mins
Yield Makes 2 cups
Versatile soup bases are seasoned pastes that add a big boost of concentrated flavor, similar to bouillon granules but much grander in taste.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon jarred chicken soup base
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour and chicken soup base until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and whisk in Colby-Jack cheese, horseradish, and pepper, whisking until cheese is melted.