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Cream Sauce without the Cream

January/February 2013

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Here’s a formula for making “cream sauce without the cream” to use as a healthy replacement for fat- and calorie-rich cream sauces in your favorite soups, pastas or sauces. This healthy recipe for cream sauce without heavy cream makes a big batch, more than you’ll most likely need for one recipe, so refrigerate or freeze the extra sauce to use in other recipes.


Cream Sauce without the Cream Recipe

Makes: About 6 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup long- or medium-grain white rice
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or “no-chicken” broth (see Tip)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, preferably white

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add broth and wine and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the rice is very soft and the liquid is greatly reduced, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree, in batches if necessary, until smooth. (Alternatively, puree in the pot with an immersion blender.) The consistency should be similar to a pourable sauce; add more broth or water as needed. Season with salt and pepper.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Tip: To make the sauce vegetarian, we like to use chicken-flavored vegetarian broth over regular vegetable broth for its hearty, rich flavor and pale yellow color. Look for “no-chicken” broth in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition

Per cup: 159 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 1 g fiber; 563 mg sodium; 259 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat



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Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
1 hour or less
Ethnic/Regional
American
Servings
6
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Publication
January/February 2013

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