White Bechamel Cheese Sauce

January 19, 2023
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Photo by TheFeatheredNester
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 12
Author Notes

White béchamel cheese sauce is the perfect topping for so many recipes! Perfect on pizza, pasta, vegetables, and as a hot cheese dip! —TheFeatheredNester

What You'll Need
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  1. In a large sauce pan (at least 3 quarts), melt butter until bubbly on medium heat. Add flour, stirring with a whisk until thick and pasty. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly add milk, 1 cup at a time, stirring well in between cups until sauce is smooth. Add salt, nutmeg, and pepper.
  3. Simmer on low-medium heat until the sauce has thickened, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the sharp cheddar and the gruyere cheeses to the sauce.. Continue stirring until the cheeses are completely melted, and the sauce is creamy about 5 minutes. The thickened cheese sauce should coat the back of a spoon.
  5. Serve white cheese sauce over pasta or vegetables. Or use as a dip for raw vegetables, pretzels and pretzel balls, cheese cubes, sausage balls, tortilla chips, or corn chips.

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