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    Lemon Basil Cream Sauce

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    25 mins

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    15 mins

    Daniele1969's Note:

    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!!

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    1. 1
      MELT butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, and saute 1 to 2 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add half-and-half and chicken broth.
    3. 3
      Bring to a boil, and cook 8 minutes or until reduced by half.
    4. 4
      WHISK together lemon juice and cornstarch until smooth.
    5. 5
      Whisk lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into butter mixture, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened.
    6. 6
      Remove from heat.
    7. 7

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 07, 2003


      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!

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    • on October 20, 2007


      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!!

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    • on November 07, 2006


      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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemon Basil Cream Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (151 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 161.6
    Calories from Fat 117
    Total Fat 13.0 g
    Saturated Fat 8.0 g
    Cholesterol 37.6 mg
    Sodium 257.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 3.3 g

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