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Velveeta Cheese Sauce is the ultimate in creamy, cheesy recipes! This sauce is perfect for serving over pasta, as a dip, or as a topping over veggies or meat!

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Macaroni with Velveeta cheese sauce in a bowl.

Wonder how to make the best cheese sauce with only 5 simple ingredients? This Velveeta cheese sauce recipe is your answer!

This is sure to be a hit with the whole family! Plus, it’s a gluten-free sauce, so everyone can enjoy it!

Creamy melted cheddar cheese in a bowl and on a whisk.

Why Velveeta Cheese Sauce Is a Favorite

  1. Beyond simple to make, and quick, too!
    Our White Cheese Sauce recipe starts with roux (fat and flour) and takes about 20 minutes to make. But Velveeta cheese recipes like this one don’t need that extra step; This one comes together in 15 minutes!
  2. Just 5 simple ingredients.
    Actually, if you don’t count the two spices in our Velveeta cheese sauce recipe, you really only need 3 ingredients to make this recipe!
  3. The absolute creamiest consistency!
    Velveeta is my secret ingredient for making a super creamy cheese sauce.
top view photo of macaroni with Velveeta cheese sauce in a bowl and another one in a serving platter.

What is Velveeta?

Velveeta is a brand of processed cheese that was originally introduced in 1918. Made from milk, whey, and vegetable oil, and has a smooth, creamy texture. So, is Velveeta really cheese? Not exactly, because real cheese isn’t made with vegetable oil. but it does taste incredible!

Velveeta cheese is perfect for making cheese sauces, because it melts quickly and evenly. This makes it ideal for creating a smooth, creamy cheese sauce like this one!

Plus, this cheese is gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy it!

This cheese sauce is perfect for dipping in your favorite foods, or for using as a topping on your favorite recipes!

You’ll also love this sauce on pasta dishes, and you can even use it as the perfect Super Bowl food! It’s fantastic on nachos, pizza, and the perfect cheese sauce for smoked mac and cheese, too!

Love dips and sauces? Try our 3 Ingredient BBQ Sauce, Spicy Honey Mustard, Roasted Red Pepper Feta Dip, Mango Chili Sauce, and In n Out Sauce (Copycat).

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Milk – Using whole milk makes for the creamiest sauce, but 2 percent works well, too.
  • Cornstarch – If you need a gluten free substitute for cornstarch, arrowroot is a great choice.
  • Chili pepper paste – We include just a pinch for a little kick of spiciness. Feel free to leave it out if you are serving kids or just don’t like spicy food. If you need a substitute, ground cayenne pepper is a good one.
  • Velveeta – We make this cheese sauce with Velveeta original flavor, which comes in a 2-pound loaf/block. If you want to switch the flavor up, consider using one of the other Velveeta cheese flavors.

I prefer using squeeze-tube chili pepper paste (I ordered one from Amazon) because it mixes easier in creamy sauces, and you won’t see little specks of ground chili pepper in the sauce. Also, a tube in the fridge will last for a while. We also use it in other recipes, like our Carbone Spicy Rigatoni.

Bowls of ingredients for Velveeta cheese sauce recipe: milk, cornstarch, Velveeta, chili pepper paste, salt and pepper.

Equipment Needed

Velveeta Cheese Sauce Recipe Tips

  1. Use cold milk for the slurry.

In a medium saucepan, mix together cornstarch and cold milk using a whisk until it is smooth. Then, bring the milk and cornstarch mixture to a simmer over low-medium heat, whisking frequently.

  1. Cut the cheese into cubes.

Cutting the Velveeta cheese into cubes or small pieces helps it to melt faster.

When the slurry mixture is nice and thick, add the cubes, along with the chili pepper paste. Stir until the Velveeta melts completely. Remove from heat then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mixing the cheese sauce ingredients in a large bowl using a whisk.

Recipe Variations

  • For a creamier cheese sauce, use half and half or heavy cream in place of the whole milk.
  • If you want a spicy cheese sauce, add more chili pepper paste or cayenne pepper to taste. You could also include salsa, hot sauce, or BBQ sauce to your Velveeta cheese sauce if you’d like.
  • Use mix-ins! You can also add in some chopped green onions, roasted garlic, or garlic powder for an extra flavor boost.
  • Southwest cheese sauce – Canned chili, diced tomatoes, green chilies, and diced jalapeños can be added for a southwestern flavor. This would be fantastic with Jiffy Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread for dipping!
  • Mexican cheese sauce. Add refried beans, diced avocado, and sour cream for a delicious Mexican-style cheese sauce.
  • For a thinner cheese sauce, add more milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.
Creamy yellow sauce in a large bowl with a whisk.

Serving Suggestions for Velveeta Cheese Sauce

This creamy cheese sauce is great with pasta, but also great as a sauce for cooked veggies like broccoli or Instant Pot Green Beans.

Serve it as a dip with raw carrots and celery, or with football food favorites like pretzel balls, tortilla chips, sausage balls, and corn chips.

Of course, the best use for our Velveeta cheese sauce recipe is to make homemade Velveeta Mac and Cheese!

bowl of macaroni and cheese

Storing and Reheating Instructions

Place any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. It keeps for up to 1 week.

To reheat, simply microwave the sauce on 50% power for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. Stir well before serving.

You can also reheat this cheese sauce on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently until warmed through.

Can I freeze this cheese sauce?

Yes! This cheese sauce can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply place the sauce in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat as directed above.

However, note that the sauce may be a bit thinner after being frozen and thawed. If needed, you can add more cornstarch to thicken it.

Velveeta Cheese FAQ

What is the white powder in Velveeta?

The white powder is called calcium sulfate, and it’s used as a preservative. It helps to keep the cheese from molding and spoiling. It’s a common ingredient in processed cheese, and it’s perfectly safe to eat.

How do you melt Velveeta cheese for cheese sauce?

The best way to melt Velveeta cheese for cheese sauce is to cut it into small cubes and add it to a saucepan over low-medium heat.

How do you melt Velveeta cheese without it getting hard?

The key to melting Velveeta cheese without it getting hard is to cook it over low-medium heat and to stir it frequently. If the cheese gets too hot, it will start to get hard and clumpy.

Other Fantastic Velveeta Recipes

Beefy Velveeta Cheese Soup – This cheesy hamburger soup is a perfect meal for a Super Bowl party!

overhead: Ladle in a pot of keto cheeseburger soup
Creamy velveeta cheese sauce mixed with macaroni on a bowl and in a serving platter at the back.

Velveeta Cheese Sauce

This Velveeta Cheese Sauce recipe is the ultimate cheese sauce! It's creamy, cheesy, and perfect for dipping, pasta, or topping.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 68 kcal


  • medium saucepan
  • whisk


  • 1 ½ cups milk (I recommend using whole milk, 2% or non-fat milk will make a less creamy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 ounces Velveeta Cheese cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper paste (can sub with2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cornstarch and cold milk until smooth. Bring the milk and cornstarch to a simmer, over low-medium heat, whisking frequently (about 3 minutes).
  • Once the mixture has thickened, add Velveeta cheese and chili pepper paste, stirring until cheese has melted. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
  • Serve cheese sauce over pasta or vegetables. Or use as a dip for raw vegetables, pretzels and pretzel balls, cheese cubes, sausage balls, tortilla chips, or corn chips.


Add one of these to make a deliciously cheese sauce or dip variation:
  • Add 1/2 cup of salsa
  • Add 1/2 cup canned chili
  • Add 1/2 cup of canned green chiles
  • Add 1/2 cup of refried beans


Serving: 3tablespoons | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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