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Basil Cream Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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Directions

  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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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 25 mins
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 24, 2006

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 added the cream. I added a couple ounces of grated asiago cheese, too. For the pesto, I reduced the parmesan since I had added some asiago to the cream. I salt and peppered the sauce after I had combined the pesto and the cream. Next time, I will add garlic to saute with the mushrooms because I like a more garlicky sauce. In a separate pan, I cooked cubes of chicken breast seasoned with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in olive oil. When the chicken was just about cooked, I threw some prosciutto in there as well. I added the chicken and prosciutto to the cream sauce (using a slotted spoon so the sauce woulodn't get too oily) at the end to heat it through again.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
May 25, 2011

Waaaaaaaaay too much basil. Ruined my tortellini. Icky

 
May 01, 2007

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. this thickens it up a bit. i also use almonds instead of pine nuts...for no particular reason except we like almonds.

 
Sep 22, 2003

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 forever.

 
Jul 06, 2006

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 sauce, I added extra garlic and used half parmesean and half romano cheese. I also used heavy whipping cream because that's what I had at home, but will probably use 1/2 and 1/2 next time to make it a little healthier. I used farfalle pasta and added boiled chicken, then poured the sauce over it all, tossed it, and enjoyed. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make again!

 
Jul 11, 2006

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 olive oil & half and half.

 
Nov 23, 2005

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

 
Sep 09, 2004

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 used the recipe for my wedding entree.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.8 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 28.2 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 117 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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