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White round plate with fresh steamed broccoli drizzled with cheese sauce.

Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Add some cheesy goodness to your standard weeknight side dish. Broccoli with Cheese Sauce is simple to whip up and will make the whole family happy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli with cheese sauce
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Meghan Payne-Hensley


  • 4 to 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk (preferably whole or 2%)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a saucepan. Place a steamer basket in the pan and add your broccoli. Top with a lid and steam until it reaches desired tenderness.
  • Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add butter and allow to melt. Sprinkle in flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Whisk well and cook for 2 minutes, whisking often. Add milk to the flour mixture and whisk well until smooth. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly, until the sauce has thickened enough to nicely coat the back of a spoon. Add shredded cheese and whisk until melted.
  • Drizzle broccoli with desired amount of cheese sauce.