Basil Cream Sauce

Basil Cream Sauce

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"After a mad search on the net for a recipe for this sauce I had to create my own. This can be reheated in the microwave without the usual cream sauce defects. I just love the light green color and how well it displays over tri color or regular pasta, salmon and grilled chicken. I have been putting this on everything."
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Ingredients

25 m servings 285 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 28.2 g
  • 43%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.8g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 117 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a food processor, combine basil and garlic. Begin processing, and pour in olive oil in a thin stream. Process for about 40 seconds, or until mixture begins to emulsify. Add pine nuts and Parmesan, then blend for 1 minute.
  2. Heat cream in a saucepan over low heat until simmering. Pour 1/2 of the hot cream into the processor with basil pesto, and pulse for 20 seconds to incorporate. Pour mixture back into cream, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.

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Most helpful positive review

Good! I did make some modifications. I melted some butter in a saucepan, and then sauted mushrooms in the butter. Added about a tablespoon or two of flour and cooked for 1-2 minutes. Then I adde...

Most helpful critical review

Waaaaaaaaay too much basil. Ruined my tortellini. Icky

Good! I did make some modifications. I melted some butter in a saucepan, and then sauted mushrooms in the butter. Added about a tablespoon or two of flour and cooked for 1-2 minutes. Then I adde...

my family really enjoys this recipe. i serve it over chicken and tortellini. the only thing i do different is i make a rue w/whole wheat flour w/ a dollop of butter before adding the cream. t...

this is good, a basic pesto sauce with cream. using a neutral oil will be just as good when making a sauce solely for reheating. if stored in the refrigerator before adding the cream, keeps fore...

I looked at many recipes before I settled on this one. This recipe is quick, easy, delicious, and uses many common household ingredients. I did make made a few changes to the recipe. To the sauc...

Amazing! Before the last step, (heat & thicken) I sauteed shallots and baby portabellas in a tbsp. of butter and poured the cream sauce into the pan to heat & mix. I also used only a tbsp. of ...

This recipe is fabulous and just what I was looking for. Perfect over pasta with fresh chopped tomatoes on top.

Good recipe to add to. I made a few additions- sauteed mushrooms, diced tomatoes, cubed chicken, and a little tomato sauce. I poured it over fettuccini. I was so pleased with the results, I u...

I haven't received feedback from my family yet, but I love this sauce. I used farfalle pasta. The recipe provides enough flexibility to add other good things, such as chicken, shrimp, tomatoes,...

Simple and delicious. Will make you wish you grew even more basil. Big hit with the whole family. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!