easy cheese sauce over broccoli with a fork

My parents were lucky in that my brothers and I didn’t need too much convincing to eat our vegetables when we were growing up. Well besides, say it with me, bell peppers and cooked carrots. Oh, and lima beans. If I never see a bag of frozen succotash again, it’ll be too soon.

That said, even I — a die-hard veggie lover — can appreciate a little jazzing up of my favorite side dish every now and again with a warm, decadent Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce drizzled on top, muwahaha!

cheddar cheese sauce over cooked broccoli

This cheddar cheese sauce takes just 5 minutes to make and will liven up everything from steamed broccoli and cauliflower, to hot baked potatoes. In addition to vegetables it’s also great to stir into pasta and rice, or even pour directly over crunchy tortilla chips for a little homemade nacho action.

The recipe is adapted from the cheddar cheese sauce I made to swirl into my Cheesy Taco Soup, except it has just a tad more shredded cheddar to really pump up the flavor.

photo of cheddar cheese sauce poured over cooked broccoli

The result is sensational! Thick and extra-cheesy – perfect for convincing any veggie hater to eat their greens or, for those who don’t really need an extra push, a special, occasional treat.

fork with a cooked piece of broccoli and cheese sauce

How to Make Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Start by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then whisk in gluten-free or all-purpose flour and cook for 1 minute.

Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Vegetables | iowagirleats.com

Next, slowly whisk in milk, season with salt and pepper, then switch to a wooden spoon and stir until the mixture has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Vegetables | iowagirleats.com

Turn off the heat then add freshly shredded cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Taste then add additional salt and pepper if desired.

Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Vegetables | iowagirleats.com

That’s all she wrote! Liberally drizzle the cheese sauce over your favorite cooked vegetables then devour. I hope you love this decadent, delicious dish – enjoy!

cheddar cheese sauce over cooked broccoli

Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce

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Liven up broccoli to baked potatoes with 5-minute Easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Vegetables!


serves 4-6

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free or all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup milk (works best with 2% milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese (not pre-grated)


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour then whisk for one minute. Slowly whisk in milk then season with salt and pepper and switch to a wooden spoon. Stir and cook until thickened, 4-5 minutes, then turn off heat and add cheese. Stir until sauce is melted and smooth then taste and add additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve immediately.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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