Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a cream sauce that is usually served over grilled salmon, but I use it over veggies and/or pasta. Very easy to make, BUT very fattening!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. MELT butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, and saute 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add half-and-half and chicken broth.
  3. Bring to a boil, and cook 8 minutes or until reduced by half.
  4. WHISK together lemon juice and cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Whisk lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into butter mixture, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Remove from heat.
Most Helpful

Daniele, this sauce certainly is easy to make, and very tasty, also! I served this over pasta as a serving for one, as my husband was away on business. Make sure that if you use this sauce over pasta, that you use a thicker pasta such as linguini or fettuccine as this is a very rich and heavy sauce. The basil added just the right touch! Thank you for the lovely supper tonight, Daniele! Even dining alone, one can still enjoy their meal!

Bev May 07, 2003

I substituted a can of fat-free evaporated milk and cut the chicken broth to 1/2 cup as the milk was a 12oz. can. Also threw in a package of frozen lobster meat and served over egg noodles. This was fantastic!!

Michelle TH October 20, 2007

Yummy!! I baked some halibut (with lemon slices on top), boiled some penne (small tube pasta)and steamed some frozen spinach. Then I made the sauce- keeping to the recipe except that I only had whipping cream-no half and half (so I got the FULL FAT version!!) and I added about a 2 Tbsp of white wine right before the lemon juice (Next time I will try adding more wine). So I tossed the pasta with the spinach and Lemon Basil Cream Sauce and placed a hunk of fish on top- YUMMY!! Oh, I halved the recipe and had the perfect amount for my DH, one child and me- (I don't like a lot of sauce, so some might think it was not enough??). Yes, my daughter ate it- but she is not a picky eater so I can not say for sure that it is kid friendly. Thank you- I will definitely make this one again. I plan on experimenting with fat free half and half (now that I gained all those calories from the fuller-then-fat version that I made!) and with chicken- baked and then cut up and tossed in. I'm thinking about trying like a baked ziti- combining chicken, spinach, pasta and sauce and baking it for 15-20 mins with some cheese sprinkled on top??? Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

kda949 November 07, 2006