How to Melt Down Shredded Cheddar Cheese So That It's Creamy

By Irena Eaves

Cheddar cheese is the perfect pair for pasta, meat, snacks and vegetables. When melted, its flavors become even more delightful. With the addition of just 3 ingredients, you can make a warm, creamy cheddar cheese sauce in under 10 minutes. The trick to melting cheddar cheese so that's creamy is to begin with a simple white sauce. Once finished, you can pour your cheddar cheese over vegetables, serve it alongside tortilla chips or mix it with cooked macaroni for an easy dinner.

Shred your own cheddar cheese at home for an extra-creamy sauce.

Step 1

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the all-purpose flour and whisk vigorously until the mixture is well-combined and slightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add the milk to the saucepan and whisk to combine it with the flour mixture. Cook until thickened, about two minutes.

Step 3

Remove the pan from the heat. Fold in the cheddar cheese and continue stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Step 4

Season the cheese sauce with salt, black pepper and paprika, if you wish.