Homemade White Cheddar Cheese Sauce

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Creamy, silky smooth, and darn good with basically anything, cheese sauce is a big winner. This recipe doesn't congeal and is made with sharp white cheddar, though your favorite cheese can be substituted.


White Cheddar Cheese Sauce - Sweet Tea & Thyme

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This cheese sauce is fantastic! You can strip it to the basics without seasoning, swap up the cheese to your liking (want a kick? Try pepper jack!), the options are totally up to you.

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I originally whipped this up to go along with some Soft Pretzel Bites, and it got scooped up so fast I knew it had to come up on the blog so I could share the wealth.

The cheesy liquid gold wealth.

This can be the dip to your pretzels, the sauce to your nachos, the cheese to your poutine...

Oh yeah, this will be a staple in your fridge.

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White Cheddar Cheese Sauce - Sweet Tea & Thyme

Homemade White Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Britt Anne
4.41 from 61 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese shredded (or your favorite cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can 12 oz evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • In a saucepan, toss cheese and cornstarch together until cheese is evenly coated.
  • Stir in evaporated milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and cook over medium heat until cheese is melted, whisking often. Cheese sauce will be done cooking in about 5 minutes.
  • While hot, sauce is more liquid, like nacho cheese. When it cools down, it will be a thicker, dip consistency.
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Recipe adapted from: Culinary Hill

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