Cheap and simple cheese sauce recipe
Cheese sauce is really simple to make, but there's definitely a secret to getting it right. Bin those packaged powder sauces and try this fail-proof cheese sauce recipe.
Cheese sauce is an obvious favourite amongst students and can be put in lots of different dishes – lasagnas, fish pies, nachos, and, of course, any good pasta recipe.
Even better, learning how to make cheese sauce is pretty easy too. Sure, you could use the powdery packet stuff, but let's be honest – it's pretty gross, right? This cheese sauce recipe is super easy, super cheap and super delicious, so why use anything else?
So, without further ado, this is how to make cheese sauce.
Easy cheese sauce recipe
Serves: 1 for cheesy pasta (double if you're making lasagne) | Cost: £0.87* | Time taken: 10–20 mins
- 40g cheese (we'd recommend cheddar, but any cheese will do) (£0.22)
- 1 tablespoon butter (£0.11)
- 1 tablespoon plain flour (£0.01)
- 1 pint of milk (£0.53).
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
- Once the butter has melted, add the plain flour and stir quickly so it comes together, looking like a dough or thick, lumpy paste.
- Add a splash of milk and stir quickly until it comes together into a fluffier, more doughy texture (it'll still be lumpy at this point, but don't worry!).
- Keep adding splashes of the milk and stirring until your sauce has a thick consistency. It should become a smooth, white-ish liquid that is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
- Add your cheese and stir until it's all blended together.
- If your sauce seems a little too thick after adding the cheese, add another splash of milk. You can add a little more flour if the sauce seems too thin, but be warned that this could turn it a bit lumpy.
And there you have it! That's how to make cheese sauce.
You can use it with heaps of different recipes. And, although you can't freeze any leftover sauce, you can keep a bag of grated cheese in your freezer (perfect for making our cheese and onion potato rosti dish, too). This makes it a great comfort food saviour all year round.
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* Prices were correct at the time of writing (using Tesco.com prices as guidelines).