Potatoes in Light Cheese Sauce

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Lighten up Cheese Sauce for a Delicious Potato Dish



Potatoes in Cheese Sauce is another of my sweet Mom’s recipes. I hadn’t thought of it in so long, that it was like seeing an old friend when I did remember it. We didn’t have it often, but I can even see Mom serving it at dinner one time. I thought it looked so pretty when she served it, and, as with all of Mom’s dishes, it tasted so good!


Once I remembered it, I had to see if I could replicate it. I think I did! The key is to catch the potatoes as they are just softened enough. If you leave them too long, as I tend to if I am making mashed potatoes or potato salad, they become too crumbly and just aren’t as pretty.


The potatoes are topped with a simple white sauce with cheese added. You don’t need much of a cheesy taste to it, so you can add a little less (or a little more), as you like. Of course, you can use any type cheese you like. I try to use the reduced fat variety whenever possible.


When I fixed it last night, I served it with baked chicken, but it would go with anything. Mom would serve these potatoes with a roast or a ham. It makes a good warm lunch, all by itself. Using 1% milk and low fat cheese helps to keep the calories down too.


It’s a delightful comfort food that reminds me of family dinners. That makes me smile just thinking of it. Hope you enjoy it too.


Potatoes in Light Cheese Sauce

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Serves: 4 to 6

A satisfying dish that goes well with anything. Old fashioned comfort that has been in our family for years. I've lightened it up with low fat milk, margarine, and cheese. Pretty enough to serve guests and beloved by family.
  • 2 to 3 large russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon light margarine (I use Brummel and Brown)
  • 1 cup milk (I use 1% milk)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup reduced fat grated cheddar cheese
  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1 to 1½ inch pieces.
  2. Put in sauce pan, cover with water, and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the temperature, then boil 15 minutes or until potatoes are just softening, then drain. Potatoes need to be firm so they aren't crumbling.
  4. In a small skillet, melt butter.
  5. Add in flour, stirring until smooth.
  6. Mix in milk gradually until there is no clumping.
  7. When sauce begins to thicken, stir in grated cheese until melted and thoroughly blended.
  8. Place potatoes in serving bowl, then pour cheese sauce over potatoes.
  9. Serve immediately.

Want Some Other Options?

This is another versatile recipe. If you want to try some variations, it’s fun and easy to experiment.

  • Use Red potatoes.
  • Use small, uncut baby potatoes.
  • Add chopped onion to the sauce.
  • Add 2 cups of cauliflower, cut in 1 to 1 1/2 inch bites.
  • Add 2 cups of broccoli, also cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch bites.
  • Or combine 1 cup cauliflower and 1 cut broccoli.
  • Try it with Gorgonzola or Gruyere cheese.
  • Garnish with chives, parsley or chopped green onions.

Any way you fix it, it’s still a favorite comfort food that will dress up your dinner.

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Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Alzheimers HQ and Simple Living Ideas

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