I use cheese sauces pretty frequently whether for use in other recipes or simply for dipping chips into or pouring over nachos! At their base a cheese sauce starts by melting butter, adding flour (which thickens the sauce), followed by a liquid, like milk (or broth) and finally the cheese. It’s really that simple!
I generally like to go with 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons flour, two cups milk and 1 cup cheese. You can easily halve the recipe, double it, triple it, etc. If you want a thicker cheese sauce increase the butter and flour to 3 or even 4 tablespoons each. For a thinner sauce go down to 1 tablespoon of each. If you want a stronger cheese flavour you can add more cheese!
You can easily add flavours to any cheese sauce! I like to add heat in the form of a chili sauce such as sriracha, sambal oelek, gochujang, etc, or a pinch of cayenne, a shake of chipotle chili powder, etc. You can add pretty much any flavour that you want!
Another option that I enjoy is skipping the sriracha and adding 1 cup salsa for a quick and easy cheesy salsa dipping sauce!
This cheese sauce is perfect for making mac and cheese! Simply make the cheese sauce and add the cooked pasta! Yum!
Sriracha Nacho Cheese Sauce
A super easy sriracha nacho cheese sauce!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour (rice flour for gluten-free
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons sriracha (optional)
- Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat until it foams and just starts to turn a light golden brown colour.
- Sprinkle in the flour, mix it into butter and cook until it’s a light golden brown colour, about 2-4 minutes.
- Add the milk, mix, bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cheese and cook until it melts before mixing in the sriracha and enjoying!
Option: Replace the sriracha with another form of heat, like gochujang!