Basil Cream Sauce

For as much as I love every individual ingredient in pesto, combine them all together and it is just a BIG swing and a miss for me.

I’m pretty sure it’s a texture thing. I want it to be creamy! but it is always sort of gritty and I don’t want grit on my pasta.

Basil Cream Sauce | This is like a creamy pesto, and is PERFECT for all that fresh summer basil. Lots of flavor from basil, garlic, and parmesan with the most perfect creamy texture. This is a super easy pasta dish that feels so fancy!

Basil cream sauce is my solution to the pesto problem. A lot of pesto-esque flavor, but in creamy form.

This is a filling meal on its own, but is also very good with add-ins! Grilled shrimp or chicken, roasted red peppers, or chopped tomatoes jazz things up. And parmesan. Always add more parmesan.

Basil Cream Sauce | This is like a creamy pesto, and is PERFECT for all that fresh summer basil. Lots of flavor from basil, garlic, and parmesan with the most perfect creamy texture. This is a super easy pasta dish that feels so fancy!

And I need to tell you! This is my ideal meal in the amount of work it takes to make : fanciness ratio. It is basically just blending and cooking noodles and heating dairy products up. It takes maybe half an hour, but feels like a really special dinner.

Basil Cream Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Mandy Jackson

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 ounces parmesan cheese, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Cook noodles in generously salted water according to package directions.
    Melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add cream to heat.
    Combine basil, garlic, and parmesan in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add to the pan with the cream and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and stir in noodles. Salt and pepper to taste.
Basil Cream Sauce | This is like a creamy pesto, and is PERFECT for all that fresh summer basil. Lots of flavor from basil, garlic, and parmesan with the most perfect creamy texture. This is a super easy pasta dish that feels so fancy!
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