From-Scratch Creamy Enchilada Sauce

By Rachel Gurk

Skip the store-bought – this creamy enchilada sauce makes a surprising and delicious pasta sauce perfect for a fun do-it-yourself pasta bar. 

  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook: 15 minutes
  • Course: Condiment

All you need for this recipe and more...


For the sauce:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1.5 teaspoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 cup milk

3/4 cup Monterrey Jack cheese

For the DIY pasta bar:

Cooked pasta (or zucchini noodles!) of your choice

Cooked and shredded chicken

Sautéed red peppers

Sautéed red onions


Chopped fresh tomatoes

Fresh cilantro

Fresh green onion, diced

Crisp tortilla strips

Chopped avocado


1. For the sauce, in a 3.5 Qt. Anolon® Advanced Straining Saucepan (you could cook your pasta in this pan as well!), melt butter over medium heat. When melted, whisk in the flour, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. While whisking, slowly stir in the milk. Continue whisking until milk begins to thicken and bubble. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese until melted. If using for a DIY pasta bar, keep warm over low heat, whisking occasionally. 

2. In a large skillet, add 1/2 cup creamy enchilada sauce with one cup of pasta, chicken, peppers and onions. Toss together in pan until all ingredients are combined and heated through. Top with desired garnishes. 

NOTE: Recipe developed by food blogger, Rachel Gurk, of Rachel Cooks