Simple Nacho Cheese Sauce

Delicious nacho cheese sauce doesn't have to be hard to make or packed with processed cheese products that aren't even food. Well, real food. Here is a homemade cheese sauce using real natural ingredients and made from scratch.
A Jerry James Stone Recipe


Green, Sauce, Vegetarian, Yellow


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
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Yields 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • In a saute pan, melt the butter over a medium-low heat. Sift in the flour and mix until well
  • Add the milk and turn the heat to medium-high. Whisk the mixture until well combined.
  • Add the salt and cayenne pepper.
  • Once the mixture begins to simmer, reduce to medium heat. Adjust as needed to keep a low simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. The sauce should thicken.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add in a handful of the cheese and mix until it is fully melted and incorporated. Repeat until all of the cheese has been incorporated.
  • If you keep heat during this step, you risk the cheese breaking.