Classic Cheese Sauce

13 g
10 g
17 g
Total Fat
10 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups warmed milk (fat-free, reduced fat or whole)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Swiss cheese (or cheese of choice), divided

Nutrition Facts

per serving

Calories: 250
Protein: 13 g
Carbohydrate: 10 g
Fiber: 0 g
Total Fat: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 10 g
Cholesterol: 51 mg
Calcium: 310% DV
Sodium: 162 mg


  1. In a 2 ½-quart sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter and mix in flour. Stir and blend until flour is cooked, but do not allow the mixture to brown.
  2. Pour milk into a glass measuring cup or large glass bowl. Microwave milk in 60-second increments until milk is steaming but not hot, stirring the milk between rounds. Carefully remove milk from microwave with oven mitts.
  3. Working with a wire whisk, add the warmed milk, ½ cup at a time, blending thoroughly before adding the next ½ cup portion. Continue stirring until all the milk has been added and the sauce is beginning to develop a slow, lazy bubble.
  4. Turn the heat off and add cheese in 2 batches. Stir the sauce to achieve a smooth consistency.
  5. Serve over vegetables, grilled chicken breast, fish or shrimp.


Nutrition information calculated with 1% milk