1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar or smoky flavor Cheddar cheese or any cheese of your choice.
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
dash of hot sauce
Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in flour and seasonings. Gradually add milk, stirring until well mixed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth. Cook for 5 minutes longer; add cheese. Stir until smooth and well blended. Mix in dash of hot sauce if desired.