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Cheese Sauce for Broccoli Homemade in 5 minutes Flat

Make Cheese Sauce for Broccoli, a perfect melty, cheesy way to enjoy your veggies, or at-least cover them so the kids do! This broccoli with cheese sauce is the perfect side dish for almost any meal and this homemade recipe pairs perfectly with roasted broccoli or pretty much any steamed vegetable.

cheese sauce for broccoli

 

Broccoli Cheese Sauce

You don’t have to settle for cheese in a package when it only takes 5 minutes from start to finish to create your own! A few simple ingredients will have your menu going from “Ok, I can eat this” to “Ok, I WANT to eat this.” Vegetables don’t have to be boring and serving them up with a side of cheese makes you want seconds EVERY time.

  • Fresh broccoli, cooked or roasted
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1-1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Scroll down for printable recipe.

Can you substitute cheese?

Absolutely!

I think cheddar is preferable (and certainly better than Velveeta) but you can also try something more creative like sharp white cheddar, Havarti, or Colby jack. If you can shred it, you can try it!

cheese sauce on steamed broccoli

 

Cheese Sauce Recipe for Broccoli

You will be shocked how easy making your own homemade cheese sauce is.

To get started, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

Butter can burn easily, so do not walk away on this step as much as it’s tempting.

melted butter in pan

Keeping mixture on heat, add flour and whisk well for 1-2 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.

This happens pretty quickly.

You can use a whisk to get the flour really involved with the butter, but I also find a spatula super helpful on this step.

whisk in flour

If you pre-measure your spices, you can easily dump all your mixture in at once.

Make sure you mix and blend well so one side of your sauce isn’t spice heavy.

easy cheese sauce

Add half and half and whisk well just until mixture begins to boil/bubble around the edges.

You do not want it to get too hot or the liquid will boil off and you need it for the next step.

keto cheese sauce

Turn off heat and stir in your cheese. Your cheese should melt pretty quickly, so make sure you are stirring quickly until all the cheese is liquid and melted.

While I typically use a whisk for all steps in the sauce process, cheese does get stuck in the wire ends, so you can just as easily use a plastic spatula for this.

 

cheddar cheese melting

Spread your cheese sauce over broccoli or really any of your favorite vegetables. Dip it, pour it, stir it in- the choice is yours!

Steamed carrots, cauliflower or even zucchini welcomes cheese.

This is one sauce you will be amazed at how quickly it makes but also how much you will love it.

If you make this sauce, please make sure you rate it, tag me on social at #saltysidedish so I can see your results! I love to see these recipes out in the big world and on your table .

broccoli cheese sauce

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Try one of my other favorites to rock your menu this week:

5 from 1 vote
Cheese Sauce for Broccoli
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
6 mins
 

Make Cheese Sauce for Broccoli, a perfect melty, cheesy way to enjoy your veggies, or at-least cover them so the kids do! This broccoli with cheese sauce is the perfect side dish for almost any meal and this homemade recipe pairs perfectly with roasted broccoli or pretty much any steamed vegetable.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, sauce, side dish
Servings: 4 people
Author: Salty Side Dish
Ingredients
  • Fresh broccoli cooked
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1-1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Keeping mixture on heat, add flour and whisk well for 1-2 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Stir in spices.
  4. Add half and half and whisk well just until mixture begins to boil/bubble around the edges. Turn off heat and stir in cheese.
  5. Spread over broccoli or vegetable.
Recipe Notes

Make sure you read recipe for all suggestions on creating cheese sauce!

cheese sauce for vegetables

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