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Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce

This cheddar cheese sauce is creamy, smooth, and SO easy to make. Goes great with nachos, pretzels, steamed vegetables, fries and MORE!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Erica Walker



  • In a large bowl, toss shredded cheese and cornstarch, shaking off any excess cornstarch (hand-shredded cheese works best, try to avoid pre-packaged shredded cheeses).
  • Place cheese in a medium-sized sauce pan. 
  • Add HALF of the evaporated milk and 1 tsp of dry mustard. 
  • Heat over low heat, stirring CONSTANTLY until cheese melts, adding more evaporated milk when needed to reach desired consistency (we usually end up using all of the evaporated milk). 
  • The mixture will seem grainy as it starts melting but keep at it. The graininess will go away as it heats and the cheese will become nice and smooth. 
  • Once cheese has melted, add cream cheese and stir until smooth and mixed in. 
  • Serve immediately. If serving for a group or party, keep warm in a small slow cooker on low heat to keep from getting clumpy. Stir often. 


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 229mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 436mg | Iron: 0.4mg