Light Cheese Sauce

Light Cheese Sauce

7 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

This cheese sauce, which can make almost anything taste better, is made with a combination of low-fat milk and flour to keep it light.

Ingredients 20 servings

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  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups nonfat milk, divided
  • ⅔ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


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  1. Whisk flour with ¼ cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Heat the remaining milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. Add the flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in Cheddar, dry mustard, paprika, cayenne (if using) and salt.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 23 calories; 1 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 72 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 46 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 60 mg sodium; 25 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 fat

Reviews 7

July 07, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
No Spices I made it and thought the spices ruined the sauce. there was too much mustard
May 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Sticky ugly mess I followed this receipt to a tee and had to put it down the garbage disposal. My take away is make regular cheese sauce and eat less. Pros: Low calorie I guess Cons: Bad taste, unappealing color, nasty texture
January 09, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Bland, flour taste Not a very flavorful sauce and mostly tasted like flour. I made no modifications to the printed recipe except to add more milk due to paste-like consistency. It might be better if you experimented with the ingredients. I might try to use low fat cheese or use less flour. Pros: Easy to make and probably low fat. Cons: Tastes like flour.
June 10, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Simply Good This was delicious! I made it without the spices (only a little salt) and added an ounce of Dubliner Irish Cheddar in addition to the cheddar...perfect. The flavor isn't strong, but I prefer it that way. Pros: Easy to make, basic, tasty Cons: neutral flavor
January 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Great Basic Sauce with Options I love this basic outline. I omit the mustard, paprika & salt and then use all kinds of really good cheese - Havarti with Dill, Smoked Gouda, White Ched... Then I use it on ALL kinds of yummy food!
October 17, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Very bland too much mustard!
June 30, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Bland I added more sharp cheddar & it still seemed bland. Then I added Frank's Red Hot BBQ sauce & that helped tremendously! Pros: Easy to make Cons: Bland
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