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Reduced-fat Colby-Jack Cheese Sauce

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 5 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 1/2 cups reduced-fat or fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon jarred chicken soup base
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) reduced-fat or fat-free shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Gradually whisk milk into flour in a heavy saucepan, whisking until smooth; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and whisk in chicken soup base, Colby-Jack cheese, horseradish, and pepper, whisking until cheese is melted.