broccoli and cheese sauce

Low Carb Broccoli and Creamy Cheese Sauce Recipe

You don’t really think about cheese sauce having a lot of carbs, do you? Usually it is thickened with some flour and made with milk and those carbs add up pretty quickly.

For this recipe you’ll need: heavy cream, dark beer, extra sharp cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, hot sauce, and broccoli.

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Broccoli and Cheese Sauce

On the other hand, most of the low carb cheese sauces don’t taste cheesy enough and they are often on the grainy side. The trick is to use the extra sharp cheddar, so you get the most flavor for your calories and carbs, and to heat the cream up slowly, add the cheese and whisk it smooth without ever letting it come to a boil.

You shouldn’t plan on warming this up, either. It can get really clumpy and weird textured.

One variation on this that I really love is to add finely chopped jalapenos for a little heat.

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Low Carb Broccoli and Creamy Cheese Sauce Recipe (Phase 1: Induction)

A rich cheesy sauce to spoon lavishly over broccoli (or cauliflower, or spagetti squash or whatever) because there is less than 1 carb per 3 tablespoons. You’ll be licking the spoon! Please note that the nutritional information does not include the broccoli. The broccoli adds 3.1 net carbs and 19 calories per serving.
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American – low -carb
Keyword broccoli, cheese, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 186kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup dark beer
  • 1 pound shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 2 pounds steamed broccoli


  • Heat the cream in a pan until bubble form around the edge. Do not let it boil.
  • Whisk in the paprika and mustard.
  • Whisk in the cheese until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the beer and simmer, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.
  • Do not overcook.
  • Add hot sauce to taste just before serving.
  • Spoon over hot broccoli


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 50.7mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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3 thoughts on “Low Carb Broccoli and Creamy Cheese Sauce Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    A super belated post, but have used your recipe for about a year now and it is the best. I use dry white wine in place of the beer, usually but your recipe is lovely and amazing. Thank you!!

  2. 5 stars
    I need to go on a slimming diet because of my 3 extra kilos (thank you Santa Fe!)
    and this is a helpful recipe for gourmet and greedy people as me !

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