Basil-Cream Sauce

Basil-Cream Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

Like an Alfredo sauce with a little added pizazz, this easy sauce recipe is great over pasta with chicken or even to top steak and green beans. Grate your own Parmesan instead of buying pre-grated—the cheese will melt better for a silkier sauce.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 1 sprig fresh basil plus 2 tablespoons chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Slowly whisk in half-and-half. Add basil sprig and cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; discard basil sprig. Stir in chopped basil, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Per serving: 58 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 9 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 131 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 37 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 198 mg sodium; 38 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 fat

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