How to Make a Rue for Mac and Cheese

Joel Mason

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Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food that is loved by people of all ages. While you can always use store-bought cheese sauce, making a homemade rue can take your mac and cheese to a whole new level.

A rue, also known as a roux, is a mixture of fat and flour that serves as the base for many sauces. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making a delicious rue for your mac and cheese.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Melt the Butter

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir occasionally to ensure even melting.

Step 2: Add the Flour

Once the butter has melted, add the flour. Stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes smooth and starts to bubble.

Step 3: Cook the Rue

Continue stirring the mixture for another couple of minutes to cook off the raw flour taste. This step is crucial as it ensures that your rue won’t have a starchy flavor.

Step 4: Gradually Add Milk

Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly to combine it with the butter-flour mixture. Whisking helps prevent lumps from forming.

Step 5: Simmer and Thicken

Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Allow it to cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

Step 6: Season with Salt and Pepper

Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep in mind that the cheese you’ll be adding to your mac and cheese might already have some salt, so adjust accordingly.

Step 7: Incorporate into Mac and Cheese

Your delicious rue is now ready to be added to your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. Pour it over cooked pasta, mix well, and enjoy the creamy goodness!

Making a homemade rue for mac and cheese takes a little extra effort, but the results are well worth it. The rich, creamy sauce will elevate your mac and cheese game like never before. Give it a try, and you won’t be disappointed!

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