5 MINUTES TO CHEESE SAUCE HEAVEN

This is our absolute favorite cheese sauce. It’s flavorful, versatile, creamy smooth, and best of all, SO SIMPLE to make, tasting so much better than grocery-story varieties. You probably have these ingredients in the fridge right now. Using only four ingredients: heavy whipping cream or heavy cream, butter, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, you’ll turn broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, in fact just about any vegetable, into a phenomenal-tasting side dish that your entire family will gobble up. And you’ll do it all in 5 minutes, using keto-friendly ingredients. Just check out the low carb count!

NO FLOUR NEEDED

One of the first things my mama taught me in the kitchen was how to make a roux. The basic recipe: Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour, wait till it bubbles, and never stop stirring! I didn’t know the fancy French name for what I was doing – making a thickener for sauces, soups, and gravy – until I was an adult.

This amazing cheese sauce eliminates the flour, using heavy cream and cream cheese for the thickening agents. You like where this is going, right?

Keto Cheese Sauce - Yes It Does Exist

 

INGREDIENTS

Heavy Whipping Cream, or Heavy Cream

Water – To Regulate Thickness

Butter

Cream Cheese

Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Keto Cheese Sauce - Yes It Does Exist

HOW TO MAKE THIS HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE

Cook and Whisk: Heavy whipping cream, water, and butter over medium heat until heated.

Add and Whisk: Add cream cheese. Whisk until simmering. Remove from heat.

Add: Remaining cheese and whisk until smooth.

Stir in: Salt, pepper and preferred seasonings.

 

WHAT TYPE OF CHEESES DO I NEED FOR THIS RECIPE?

One of the benefits of this cheese sauce recipe is that you can use whatever cheeses you have on hand. Replace the cream cheese with a soft goat cheese, or try our favorite flavor profile, replacing one-half of the cream cheese with mild goat cheese.

Remember: Cheeses added after the cream cheese or mild soft goat cheese must be added after the pan is removed from heat.

If you want to shake things up a bit, use Asiago, Gruyere, gorgonzola or gouda in place of the cheddar.

 

WHAT ARE OTHER USES FOR THIS RECIPE?

To make nacho cheese sauce, in place of cheddar cheese, try Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Chipotle Jack, or Jalapeño Pepper and add in 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa to make a spicy dipping sauce.

To add heat to the original cheese sauce, add a shake or two of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, garlic or onion powder, paprika, or any seasoning that suits your taste buds.

Pour over cooked elbow macaroni for a quick kids meal.

 

TIPS FOR THIS EASY CHEESE SAUCE RECIPE

If you want to thin out the sauce a bit, simply add a little water. If you need it a little thicker, add more cheese.

 

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT

Store any leftover sauce in airtight container in fridge for several weeks.

Reheat in microwave at 1-minute intervals, stirring between intervals.

 

Easy Homemade Cheese Sauce

Our absolute, favorite homemade cheese sauce! Spruce up cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus or any vegetable with this amazing, low carb, 5 minute recipe. Makes a great nacho cheese sauce or pour over cooked macaroni for a quick, easy meal for the kids. Stays fresh in the fridge for weeks. Low carb and keto.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: all, American
Keyword: 5 minute cheese sauce, cheese sauce, cheese sauce for vegetables, easy cheese sauce, homemade cheese sauce, keto cheese sauce, nacho cheese sauce, simple cheese sauce
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Joanie Robach

Ingredients

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature or 2 oz cream cheese plus 2 oz mild soft goat cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In small saucepan add the heavy whipping cream, water, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is heated throughout. A whisk works well.
  • Add cream cheese or combo of ½ cream cheese and ½ goat cheese. Whisk until melted and mixture comes to a good simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Add cheddar cheese (or your favorites) and whisk until smooth. Add salt, pepper or seasonings to taste.

Notes

6 servings 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Cheese Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
242
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Cholesterol
 
78
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
219
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
59
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
850
IU
17
%
Calcium
 
167
mg
17
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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