Basic Cheese Soufflé

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Total: 60 min.
Remember: the soufflé doesn't wait for the guests, the guests wait for the soufflé. Be ready to whisk it to the table as soon as it's out of the oven.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs yolks, room temperature
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Mix flour and salt in medium saucepan; gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  • Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in mixer bowl with whisk attachment on high speed until stiff but not dry, just until whites no longer slip when bowl is tilted.
  • Stir egg yolks into reserved sauce until blended. Gently but thoroughly fold yolk mixture into whites until no streaks of white remain. Carefully pour into ungreased 1 1/2–2-quart soufflé dish.
  • Bake in 350°F oven until soufflé is puffy, delicately browned, and shakes slightly when oven rack is moved gently back and forth, 30–40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 296
  Calories from Fat 173 (58%)
(29%) Total Fat 19g
(54%) Saturated Fat 11g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(84%) Cholesterol 252mg
(25%) Sodium 600mg
(5%) Potassium 184mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
(0%) Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(40%) Protein 20g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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