Broccoli With An Onion-Cheese Sauce

My guys are constantly bugging me to make a cheese sauce when I cook broccoli. Making the sauce isn’t complicated, as you will see. However; I like to reserve a cheesy broccoli dish for rare occasions. While I love cheese, having your veggies swimming in sauce does lower the health benefits of eating steamed vegetables in the first place. Lord knows, cheese is a weakness for many of us.

What I like about this particular cheese sauce verses the Cheesy Broccoli that I usually serve with my Chicken and Mushroom Rice Bake is the flavor that a sweet onion brings to the plate. There’s something delicious about onions with melted cheese. It’s also what makes my Au Gratin Potatoes so darn good.

Hope you enjoy the difference an onion can bring  . . .

Broccoli With An Onion-Cheese Sauce
16 oz Fresh Broccoli
1/4 Yellow Onion
1 cup Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Flour
1 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Steam broccoli until tender-crisp, or place broccoli in a re-sealable plastic bag. Poke several vent holes in bag, microwave on high 4 or 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.

While the broccoli is steaming, peel and finely chop about 1/4 of an onion for 1/4 cup minced onion. Set aside.

Shred enough cheese from an 8 oz block to measure 1 cup. Shredding your own cheese will give a cheese that is silky-smooth when melted.

Heat butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Sauté onions until tender and translucent, about 3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, whisk in milk. Return to heat, season with salt and pepper. Cook until mixture thickens and beginning to boil. Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until smooth.

Place broccoli in a serving platter or serving bowl. Pour cheese sauce over steamed broccoli and serve.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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