Cheesy Bechamel Sauce

Cheesy Bechamel Sauce
Cheesy Bechamel Sauce. Pepe Nilsson/Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 2 cups (4-6 servings)
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This cheesy version of the classic bechamel sauce is perfect for so many dishes that need a mild flavored sauce and the added benefit of cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk (whole or you can use 2% if preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup 
  • cheddar cheese (sharp)
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Optional: dash hot sauce

How to Make It

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Allow roux to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add milk a little at time, allowing the mixture to thicken. Next, add salt, pepper, nutmeg, cheeses, and hot sauce. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted. Remove from heat and use immediately. If making ahead of time, be aware that the mixture will thicken while in the refrigerator. If this happens, add a little milk to the saucepan when reheating the bechamel sauce.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 289
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 54 mg
Sodium 423 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)