Homemade Cheese Sauce

cheese sauce

I don’t make sauces or gravies very often, but with Thanksgiving and other holidays just around the corner I thought some of you might be interested in a gluten-free homemade cheese sauce recipe.

I made this the other night to put on cauliflower.  I’m not a big fan of cauliflower, but I bought a head of it a couple of weeks ago with some recipe in mind.  I then forgot where I saw the recipe and the cauliflower just sat in my refrigerator.  The other day my husband said, “I keep seeing that cauliflower in the frig, but it never shows up on my plate.  Why don’t you just cook it and serve it with cheese sauce.”  So that is what I did.

This sauce uses sweet rice flour.  If you don’t have any you can use rice flour or even corn starch.  Sweet rice flour is worth having around, though.  You don’t need a lot, but it’s great for thickening sauces, gravies, and soups.

cheese sauce on cauliflower

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Homemade Cheese Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet rice flour (or rice flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces or ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the milk and flour.
  2. Add the butter and salt and heat on medium high heat, whisking frequently, until the sauce starts to boil and thickens a little.
  3. Reduce heat and stir in the cheese. You can add more cheese if you desire.
  4. Stir until the cheese is melted.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Chelsey says:

    I like using sweet rice flour too. I find it's not as starchy tasting, and you can freeze meals that have it as an ingredient without any separation occurring (once defrosted).

  2. I love cheese sauce, plus I think it's the only way I could get my wife to eat cauliflower.I'll have to try this out. Thanks

  3. Diane-The WHOLE Gang says:

    Oh the cheese sauce I miss. Looks great on cauliflower. Thanks for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

  4. Used potato starch since I didn’t find SRF in my flour box. Extra sharp white cheese and a dash of tony satcherie’s cajun seasoning. Came out really good.

    My experience has not been so good with tapioca flour and plain rice flour in sauces and graives, but the potato starch worked well. Have to try that next time I make a roux.


  5. Christine says:

    This Cheese sause will be easy to make. This is my first Thanksgiving dinner as a celiac. I was diagnosed this past summer, so everything is still new to me.

  6. violet says:

    This looks amazing! I am going to make it and freeze it in ice cube trays so I can make my little one mac and cheese!

  7. Love your recipes!

  8. This is incredible Thanksfor sharing!!!

  9. Rhonda Polley says:

    Thank you for this fabulous tasting and super easy sauce. Its great!

  10. Judie jonah says:

    As my husband has recently been diagnosed coeliac I’m am new to all this, but made this sauce today and I was very impressed, many thanks

  11. Thank you! I used smoked aged Cheddar, and millet flour (my hubby has gluten issues) and put a dab of cream cheese in it, CAME OUT AMAZING!

  12. Annie Olsen says:

    I tried this recipe today, and it was a lovely, smooth sauce. I added a 1/2 tsp. chipotle pepper powder, and a 1/2 tsp. Tabasco Chipotle sauce for a bit of extra flavor. Very yummy over steamed vegetable medley of carrots, cauliflower, and zucchini!

  13. Yippie glad I found a cheese sauce recipe! I will be using either Tapioca or arrowroot flour for thickening.

    Can this recipe be made up and served the next day? I would like to usei t at a office party in a crock pot veg dish

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