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closeup of broccoli florets with cheese sauce

Cheese Sauce for Broccoli

This cheese sauce recipe is so simple to make, and cheese lovers will adore it! It goes wonderfully with broccoli for that classic cheesy, creamy taste.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli cheese sauce, cheese sauce for broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 (makes about 1.5 cups)
Calories 256kcal


  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper optional


  • Boil a salted pot of water for the broccoli. Once the water is boiling, cook it for 2-3 minutes or until it's reached your desired doneness. Drain thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour and let it cook for 1-2 minutes, whisking often (long enough to cook the flour taste out but don't let it brown).
  • Gradually pour in the milk while whisking constantly. Continue whisking for another 2-3 minutes or until it starts to thicken up.
  • Take the pot off the burner and whisk/stir in half the cheese and the seasonings.
  • Add the remaining cheese and continue stirring until smooth. Pour over broccoli and serve immediately.


  • This recipe makes about 1.5 cups of cheese sauce. Depending on how much broccoli you cook and how much sauce you pour over it, you may end up with leftover sauce. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days and reheat over low heat (stove or microwave), stirring often. Add a splash of milk to thin if needed.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Nutrition info includes the broccoli.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1198IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 366mg | Iron: 1mg