I love cheese sauce. Do you? A true cheese sauce begins with a roux. I have posted about this technique many times because my family so loves Macaroni N Cheese. Making a roux is so simple and the base for so many dishes. A roux is essentially the same sauce as bechamel. Bechamel is considered a white sauce. Both bechamel and a roux are made with flour and butter, and then, milk is added. A roux is its Cajun cousin. So the spices may very. In addition to the salt and pepper, I frequently add smoked paprika or cayenne. I guess you could say the real difference is that a roux has a kick.
I created this post to highlight the versatility of the cheese sauce. To do that, I requested and gathered recipes from my blogging community so that I could share so many different recipes with you. I hope you enjoy this round up and see lots of recipes to try.
So the first recipe I share with you is how to make a Easy All in One Béchamel sauce from Sprinkle and Sprouts.
Broccoli Cheese Sauce with Pine Nuts from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
Easy Creamy Chicken Pasta with Bell Peppers from Baking Mischief
How to Make Alfredo Sauce from Zagleft.
This next recipe is a Cauliflower Gratin from Girl Gone Gourmet starting with a bechamel.
French Onion Cheese Sauce (served on chicken) from Kleinworth & Co.
Beer and Cheese Mushroom Mac and Cheese from Killing Thyme
Squash Basil Amaretti Lasagna from Two Purple Figs
A cheese sauce can be used on so many things. Here I made a Basil Cream Sauce for Ravioli
Staying with the theme of a white sauce, next I present a White Sauce Lasagna from An Italian in my Kitchen.
Greek Cheese Tortellini from Two Purple Figs
Double Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese from Girl Gone Gourmet
Gnocchi with Frizzled Prosciutto and Blue Cheese from Plating and Pairings
This next example shows you cheese and fish go together. This is a Prawn and Scallop Creamy Pasta from Brazillian Flair in the USA,
Kavey Eats Chicken Tarragon Pasta Bake
Soft Pretzel Cheese Sauce from Platings and Pairings
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos from Simple Seasonal.
Sharing a very Southern recipe of Southern Ham and Kale Hot Dish from Garlic and Zest.
No Brainer Loaded Nachos Platter from My Food Story.
Slow Cooker 3 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese from Zagleft.
Cheesy Chili Con Queso Dip from Swanky Recipes
This Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce from And Cakes Too is so up my alley.
Homemade Queso Dip The Rising Spoon
Creamy Coq Au Riesling The Flavor Bender
Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce from Chili Pepper Madness
The final offering is a Cheesy Tomato Egg Gratin from Garlic and Zest.