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Playing Basic Cheese Sauce for Mac ‘n Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups extra-sharp yellow cheddar, shredded


Serves: 4 cups


In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in flour and cook until it begins to smell nutty and fragrant, about 45-60 seconds. Whisk in milk and stock, and continue whisking vigorously until flour and butter have dissolved. Bring to sauce to a bubble and thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Once sauce is thick, remove from heat and mix in mustard and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.