On October 3rd, 2018

World's Easiest Cheese Sauce (and Gluten-Free!)

Saturday afternoon on a crisp fall day could only mean one thing to my husband and sons--Football games!  And having the gang over to cheer the favorite team is the best ever!  And it's a great chance to share some of those fall goodies that make the afternoon satisfying even if the favorite team isn't having its best day.

Cheese sauce--gooey, rich, golden.  Makes everything better from corn chips to apple chips.  Even makes broccoli go down easier for the younger set!



338 cal


19 g


25 g


17 g
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  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 t. seasoning salt (or 1/3 t salt + dash onion powder, garlic powder and paprika)
  • 2 T. Ultra Gel®
  • 1/4 lb medium cheddar cheese (about 1 1/4 c.) grate it yourself!


  • Measure evaporated milk into a heat-proof 2 cup measuring cup or bowl. Allow plenty of room as the milk will boil as it is heated.
  • Add seasoning salt.
  • Stir Ultra Gel® gradually with a wire whisk or fork until smooth (don't panic if you see a lump--give it some time and it will stir out).
  • Microwave for one minute on full power. It should be close to the boiling point--if not, return to the microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the cheese gradually, stirring to distribute the heat evenly.
  • Return to the microwave for another thirty seconds to finish melting the cheese.
  • Serve hot with chips or vegetables, or pour over pasta.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick, add a tablespoon or two more evaporated milk and heat through, stirring until smooth.


gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free

A few observations about cheese.  First--which type of cheese best for cheese sauce?  I've been happiest with a cheese of medium sharpness for use in a cheese sauce.  I know a mild will work--but it somehow seems flavorless to me.  But it may be just right for you.  Use what your family likes.  But if the cheese sauce doesn't seem to have a rich flavor, you might want to kick the cheese sharpness up a notch!

Second--Why not use the grated cheese from packages at the store?  I get it--It's one of the best inventions since sliced bread.  Why wouldn't you want to use that inexpensive convenience rather than buying a brick and grating it yourself?  It's just because the additives used to keep the grated cheese shreds separated can make the cheese sauce grainy.  Here's an example of an ingredient statement from a package of store brand grated cheddar cheese:


Everything after the "Annatto" is added to help keep the shreds from sticking together and to make the cheese keep longer.  Again--this isn't bad--but it isn't a part of a high-quality cheese sauce either.  So just take a few minutes and grate the cheese!  I think it is useful to just divide a pound block of cheese into four parts and eliminate the measuring after it's grated.

So here's a one-pound block of cheese divided into fourths. One fourth of a pound of cheese seems to me to make more than 1.25 cups. It all depends on how it is grated. So weighing is more accurate.

There are lots of ways to grate cheese. This stand-up grater happens to be one of my favorites for small amounts, but I also have machines that will grate cheese--probably ten of them--all of which are just too much trouble to get out and clean up for a small amount of cheese. So the hand grater will never go away.

Here is one-fourth of a pound of cheese after it's grated. It sure seems like more than 1.25 cups!

Evaporated milk and seasoning salt--adding the Ultra Gel® gradually.

The milk, salt, and Ultra Gel® will thicken up slightly after the first minute in the microwave. Stir the cheese in a little at a time.

Return the cheese sauce to the microwave for a little more heat to finish melting the cheese.

Stir until smooth

Smooth, creamy, and stretchy--just like it should be!

And here's where the creativity takes over. Use the cheese sauce as a dipper for chip, fruits, or vegetables. Or pour it over vegetables or nachos. Put it in the fridge and warm and use it as needed.


And this is what survives first contact during the game. . .


2 responses to “World's Easiest Cheese Sauce (and Gluten-Free!)”

  1. Sandra says:
    What is ultra gel
    • Carma Christensen says:
      Ultra Gel is a non-gmo, gluten-free, instant food thickener made from corn. It makes thickening anything from soup to pie filling simple--just stir it in. For more information, visit our webpage at www.carnetfoods.com

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