Make Cheese Sauce for Broccoli, a perfect melty, cheesy way to enjoy your veggies, or at-least cover them so the kids do!
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 cheese sauce for broccoli!
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.It is so easy to learn how to make cheese sauce for broccoli, or really any other veggie you just want to smother with cheesy goodness!
Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone.
Here is what you need to gather to get started:
- Fresh broccoli, steamed or roasted broccoli is fine
- garlic powder
- half and half
- shredded cheddar cheese
Scroll down for printable recipe.
Can you substitute cheese?
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 Recipe for Broccoli
You will be shocked how easy making your own homemade cheese sauce for broccoli 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.
Keeping mixture on heat, add flour and whisk well for 1-2 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.
This happens pretty quickly so if you feel like its burning, remove from heat.
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.
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.
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 it will thicken up quickly and you need it for the next step.
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 fork, spoon, or spatula for this.
IF YOU DO THICKEN YOUR SAUCE TOO MUCH, you can still add your cheese and then as you are stirring, add about 1/3 cup half and half and stir until completely absorbed and smooth.
You can continue to add half and half OR butter to make sure its back to a sauce base. It wont really alter your taste (trust me, I am good at over thickening to start, ha!)
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 cheese sauce you will be amazed at how quickly it makes but also how much you will love it.
Once you learn how to make this cheese sauce for broccoli, you will never go back to fake cheese again.
Serve this Cheese Sauce with
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Cheese sauce for broccoli Printable
*print recipe below!
- 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
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Keeping butter on heat, add flour and whisk well for 1-2 minutes until mixture begins to thicken- this can happen quick so do not walk off from stove.
- Stir in remaining seasonings - salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.
- Add half and half and whisk well just until mixture begins to boil/bubble around the edges.
- Turn off heat and stir in shredded Cheddar cheese until smooth.
- Spread Cheese Sauce over broccoli or any vegetable for an amazing and delicious topping!
- Make sure you read recipe article for all suggestions on creating cheese sauce and what you need to do if you over thicken.