I’ve long believed a good sauce can fix just about any kitchen mistake. Chicken turn out a little dry? Over cooked the veggies a bit? Looking to mix up a pasta dish? Add a delicious sauce and save that meal! This easy, cheesy sauce comes together in under 15 minutes and can be used to top a dish or poured into a baking dish for a casserole.
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
1 Cup milk
1 Cup cheddar cheese
1 Garlic clove
Fresh thyme or parsley
You start by making your roux, which is equal parts butter and flour. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a pot then whisk in your flour until combined, about a minute or two. This should end up looking thick or clumpy, light tan in color and a paste-like consistency. To that you sauté your minced garlic clove for 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant. Next slowly stir in your milk, whisking constantly. Dump in your ranch seasoning and turn your heat up to high, once your sauce starts to boil reduce to a low simmer and whisk occasionally for 10 minutes. Be sure your whisk is getting to the bottom on your pot and that nothing is sticking. Once your sauce is done, take off the heat, stir in your cheese until fully combined, add in fresh herbs and pour over your meal.
If you would like to go the casserole route with this sauce, you would pour your sauce into a glass baking dish. Stir in cooked pasta or rice, veggies and proteins of choice, top with more cheese then cover and bake 20-30 minutes. I prefer to double the sauce batch for casserole type dishes. Things such as casseroles or lasagnas baked in the oven tend to dry out easier and need more moisture. My favorite way to use this sauce is over fried chicken or pork chops. To keep this dinner really quick I use frozen chicken cooked in my air fryer, it’s done in the same time it takes to make this sauce! Dinner in under 20 minutes? Sign me up! This sauce sticks so beautifully to a good crispy skin. However, it is so yummy, feel free to pour it over the whole dinner plate, pasta, potatoes, veggies, whatever you’re eating this sauce will compliment it!