Perfect Cheese Sauce

Dinner, Side Dish


If you follow me on social media @Joyfulmomma, you have seen this picture.  Look at that Perfect Cheese Sauce.  And this recipe does not use Velveeta!  Score!  My girls get so excited when I tell them I am making cheese sauce.  I serve it over noodles, on veggies, and as a dip for crackers and chips.  


My gram makes such yummy cheese sauce and whenever I would asker her how to make it, she would just tell me “make a roux, and then add milk and cheese.”  I was needing specific measurements and cooking times… I set out to get it perfected and tasting just like hers.  In true Joyful Momma fashion, I added my own twist and included powdered mustard in the recipe.  YUM!


Perfect Cheese Sauce

Perfect Cheese Sauce


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup flour and stir continuously. Let bubble for 2 minutes while stiring with a whisk.
  3. Pour in 2 cups milk and whisk for 1 minute on medium heat until it thickens.
  4. Turn heat to low and stir in shredded cheese.
  5. Season with ground mustard, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir until mixed well and cheese is fully melted.
  6. This recipe is the perfect amount to use with 1 lb cooked pasta.
  7. Enjoy!


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