• 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk, plus more as needed
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, Fontina)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the flour and whisk to combine, removing any lumps. Cook until the mixture is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously until smooth and slightly thickened.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.