Freezer Cheese Sauce

An easy, cheesy sauce that goes great with just about any vegetable imaginable – it stores great in the freezer until needed!

Freezer Cheese Sauce Pan

Make-Ahead Freezer Cheese Sauce

This Make-Ahead Freezer Cheese Sauce is something that I highly recommend you keep on hand in your freezer if you have kids around!  Why?

I don’t know how things go in your household, but in my house, making a child (or husband) eat their vegetables is a fate worse than death!  I mean, it’s the worst punishment a parent can give!!  My kids are picky eaters, but one thing they are not picky about is their universal hatred of anything that looks, smells, tastes or acts like it might possibly in some slight way be a vegetable, or be related to a vegetable, or have touched a vegetable at any time during its existence.  They are equal-opportunity vegetable haters.  Corn? Hate. Peas? Hate.  Broccoli…don’t even go there!

Most of the time I’m doing good if I can get them to eat the main meal (in which I have usually hidden a few vegetables when possible).  But ask them to eat a side dish comprised of nothing but vegetables?  NOT. GONNA. HAPPEN!

So, we’ve taken to having to hide vegetables around our house.  Usually, our cloak of invisibility of choice is ketchup.  We go through SO much ketchup!

But sometimes it’s nice to have a change from the ketchup.  Enter this Freezer Cheese Sauce.

Freezer Cheese Sauce on Broccoli

It goes great with just about any vegetable you can think of!  It works as a sauce over the top, or you can use it as a dip.  One batch makes quite a lot, and it stores nicely in the freezer until needed!

Freezer Cheese Sauce Dip

I like to use mild cheddar in this freezer cheese sauce, because my kids like cheese but not a bold cheese flavor.  If you like a stronger cheese flavor, try using sharp cheddar.

I recommend defrosting the cheese sauce in the fridge, and then heating in a saucepan on the stovetop.  Sometimes dairy with separate a little when frozen.  But heat it over the stove and give it a few stirs with a whisk and it comes right back together.  I have not had much luck with the microwave, because it tends to heat it unevenly and then I get burned spots.

Freezer Cheese Sauce Containers

One batch of this Freezer Cheese Sauce makes about 10 cups, so I usually put about 2 cups into each of various freezer-safe containers for freezing.

My kids are still not big fans of vegetables.  But I can usually coax at least a few small bites out of them with sufficient “cheese-sauce-toppage”.  Mostly the key is to hide the very appearance of a vegetable.  Go figure.  But if it gets them to eat a few bites, I suppose that is better than nothing…right?

Freezer Cheese Sauce Pan

Freezer Cheese Sauce

Servings: 10 cups
Course: Freezer Meal Recipes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
An easy, cheesy sauce that goes great with just about any vegetable imaginable - it stores great in the freezer until needed!
4.5 from 21 votes
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  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 egg yolks beaten
  • 6 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Melt butter in large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour, salt and nutmeg to make a roux.  Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  (This will help cook out any "flour" taste.)
  • While whisking briskly, add in milk and chicken broth.  Whisk until combined and smooth.  Remove from heat.
  • In separate bowl, mix egg yolks and half-and-half until combined.  Add in 1/4 cup of sauce mixture to egg mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add 3 more quarter-cups of sauce mixture, one at a time, into the egg mixture.  (This is to temper the eggs - raise their temperature slowly - so as not to scramble them.) Then add egg mixture into large pot of sauce mixture and stir to combine.
  • Return to heat and cook for 3-4 more minutes over medium heat.
  • Turn heat off and stir in cheddar cheese.  Continue to stir until all cheese is melted.
  • Allow mixture to cool, and then portion into freezer-safe containers.  Label and date, then freeze.

To re-heat:

  • Defrost sauce overnight in refrigerator.  Pour thawed sauce into saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently.


Recipe adapted from the book, Make-A-Mix, by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 281mg
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    1. 6 cups of shredded cheese is approximately 1.5 pounds. You can use a pound, but the cheese flavor will not be as strong. Totally doable though.

  1. I was REALLY leary about a cheese sauce that says it can be frozen and still turn out creamy and delicious. I made a batch and hoped for the best. I wanted to make frozen portions of buffalo mac and cheese that I could just reheat at lunch because I’m addicted to it right now. Let me tell you, I was shocked! I tested it cold from the fridge, reheating in a microwave and it was perfect. Then, I tested it straight from the freezer and…. PERFECT!!! It did NOT curdle, it wasn’t gritty, it was still creamy and absolutely delicious! I have saved this recipe and will use it again and again which doesn’t happen very often so kudos!

    1. @Candi, made this cheese sauce with frozen double cream and cup of milk,delicious used Brie and mature cheddar,thank you from u k.Philomena.

  2. Chicken broth & eggs? I don’t use either, but I do use heavy whipping cream & butter. Do you think that might work to freeze too?

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