How to melt down shredded cheddar cheese so that it's creamy

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How to melt down shredded cheddar cheese so that it's creamy
Shred your own cheddar cheese at home for an extra-creamy sauce. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Cheddar cheese is the perfect pair for pasta, meat, snacks and vegetables. When melted, its flavours 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.

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper (optional)
  • Paprika (optional)

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  1. 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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 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.

  4. 4

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

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