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Keto Cheese Sauce

What's the best way of boosting your diet with healthy fats? Apart from my favourite Hollandaise sauce, I've been making this cheese sauce for several years, although I used to eat it with all sorts of high-carb foods like pasta. These days I eat it with real food - vegetables, meat, fish and even fried eggs. With 90% of energy from fat, this recipe is perfect for the Fat Fast!

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Nutritional values (per serving):

1 grams 0 grams 5.1 grams 20.6 grams 13.1 grams 203 calories
Total Carbs1.1grams
Fiber0grams
Net Carbs1grams
Protein5.1grams
Fat20.6grams
of which Saturated13.1grams
Energy (calories)203kcal
Magnesium and potassiumtrace

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (9.8%), fat (88.2%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp butter, preferably grass-fed (28 g / 1 oz)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • ½ cup grated cheddar or hard goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • pinch salt if needed (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1-2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down
Optional seasonings (use some or combine):

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Instructions

  1. Place the cream and butter into a small sauce pan and gently heat up. Grate the cheddar cheese and keep aside. (photos shown are for 8 servings - double the recipe)
  2. Once heated, add the cream cheese into the sauce pan.
  3. Stir until melted and bring to a simmer. Once you see bubbles, take off the heat.
  4. Add grated cheddar cheese and...
  5. ... mix until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for 3-5 more minutes while stirring. If too thick, add a splash of water or cream.
  6. Serve over steamed vegetables, fish and meat! If you can't use the whole recipe, only make one serving. The sauce should be eaten immediately or kept at room temperature before serving. Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps which you want to avoid.

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Comments (51)

This is fantastic! I made it to add to a pork and broccoli/cauliflower casserole I made and it tasted great!
Thanks for this!

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Awesome, I'm glad you liked it!

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I am hoping to try this sauce in an oven baked mac and cheese.  Do you think this will hold up and not separate if I don't refrigerate it beforehand?
Thanks for your help.

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I actually tried this sauce with cauliflower "mac-n-cheese" and it works great! I'm not sure about the separation, I just know it was delicious Smile

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Made this for the first time today. Fantastic!!!  Can it be used as a cheese fondue?

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I haven't tried it but I would think so Smile If it's too thick, add a dash of cream or water.

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This recipe is helpful, but fir those going by weight, 1/2 cup of cheddar is more like 120 g.

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I think you may be referring to "melted" or "diced" cheddar? Shredded cheddar cheese is no more than 60 g (also as listed in the USDA database).

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Just made this tonight and it was wonderful!  Thank you for the recipe!

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I'm glad you liked it! Smile

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Looks thick and yummy.

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This is my go-to cheese sauce.  Delicious!

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Have you used Blue cheese in this recipe?  If not, do you have one with Blue?  I have a large piece of firm, dry, crumbly blue that will be best cooked.  Thanks Auriol

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Yes I did, I actually included a recipe with blue cheese sauce based on this recipe in my KetoDiet Cookbook. You can skip the cheddar and use crumbled blue cheese instead Smile

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Hi martina, I  made your cheese sauce recipe tonight, and it was absolutely  delicious even my partner who is a very fussy eater loved it thank you for sharing X

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Thank you Elaine!

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Just made your cheese sauce, this would have to be the best low carb cheese sauce I've made.  Used it to made a cauliflower cheese. Thank you, this recipe is a keeper!

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Thank you so much Kylie!

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I have now been using this cheese sauce recipe for over six months at least once a week. Its become my go-to recipe. The grandchildren love it as well

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Thank you, I'm glad you like it! Smile

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Great flavor! I added a tsp of coconut flour per cup of sauce, and so far it is chillin in the refrigerator without separating or clumping!  Great to have handy to serve with veggies.  I used mine as the base for a "rutabaga au gratin"

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Thank you! Here is a variation of Potato Gratin you may like Smile ketodietapp.com/.../low-carb-potato-gratin

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I absolutely LOVE this sauce.
I make it at least once a week to pour over my cauliflower, I certainly don't miss potatoes when this sauce is on my plate!
DELICIOUS!

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Thank you!!

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Mmm, I've been making something very similar to this for years (cream cheese, cream, bit of mustard and grated Cheddar) as a sauce for cauliflower cheese (and my son's Macaroni cheese) so I'm interested to try your version as well!
As an aside, Martina, do you have any ideas for creating a similar bechamel sauce alternative without the cheese, to make low carb parsley sauce (i.e. bechamel sauce with parsley) to have with gammon/bacon joint?  That's one thing I really do miss - I love my creamy sauces! - and I haven't managed to find an alternative myself!

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Hi Anna, I do have a Moussaka recipe in my App that uses béchamel sauce but not on my blog. It uses a mixture of cream, spices and grated cheese Smile I guess that using egg yolks instead of cheese will thicken it well. Or/and cauli-mash + nutritional yeast
may be a good as dairy-free options (with coconut milk instead of cream).

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I can't seem to figure out the calories on this. Do you know about what they are? "My Fitness Pal" app won't let me input it without the calories :-/

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"Calories" are listed as "energy" or "kcal" - I hope this helps! We have a tracker that does the math for you as you add ingredients: http://ketodietapp.com/

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Sounds great!  May be better than hollandaise over my eggs Smile

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This works good with ricotta instead of cream cheese too!

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Thanks Sarah, I'll try that! Smile

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I've been looking for a keto sauce for a post Christmas turkey and ham pie. I think this may fit the bill nicely. The pie will be topped with cauli-mash obviously.

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Sounds great! Hope you liked it Smile

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Don't worry about chilling the left overs, just use as a nice cheese to spread on your homemade nacho chip recipe I saw on here somewhere. Smile

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I think you may have meant this one Smile ketodietapp.com/.../Tortilla-Chips-aka-Nachos-with-Salsa

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i enjoyed having dis with chorizo as a snack it was a great dipping sauce.

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When this is for four servings, can I keep the rest and warm it up another day? If yes, should I store it in the refrigerator or is it even freezable? Thanks for answering...

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Hi Natasha, I haven't tried freezing it but I did try to keep it in the fridge. I still found it hard to keep it from separating (the fat was floating on top when reheated even in a water bath) but this separation can be fixed by blending before serving. Hope this helps!

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OMG this is awesome! So glad I don't have to give up cheese sauce!

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Thanks Valle, glad you like it! Smile

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Made this last night to have with meatballs and brocolli.
OMG I could have drunk the whole pan. I made double. I took some in for my lunch.
I am so amazed that you can make a thick sauce without adding a flour of some sort!!!
Thanks so much for posting Martina.

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Thank you Liz! Glad you enjoyed it!Smile

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What is the serving size??

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Hi Karel, this recipe makes 4 servings and one serving is about 1/4 cup Smile

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Thank you! Smile

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I did this sauce yesterday and that was delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

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Thank you Merja! I'm glad you liked it!

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And now I found what I'm going to eat my roasted brussels sprouts with! Thank you! Smile

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Thanks, hope you enjoy it! Smile

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I used to make mine without the butter and cream cheese and I have to try this one out!

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Hope you like it! I love it with the goat cheese alternative Smile

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