Parmesan Cheese Sauce

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

This versatile creamy sauce is also great over steamed veggies and multi-grain pasta.

This recipe goes with Lightened Hot Browns, Club-Style Lightened Hot Browns With Caramelized Onions

Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika

Preparation

  1. 1. Melt 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. flour into melted butter, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute or until mixture is golden and lumpy.
  2. 2. Gradually whisk in 1 cup 1% low-fat milk, and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened.
  3. 3. Add 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper, and a pinch of paprika, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat, and use immediately.
  4. Spicy Cheese Sauce: Prepare Parmesan Cheese Sauce as directed, and whisk in 1 tsp. hot sauce.
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