Basil Cream Sauce


I came up with this creamy basil sauce recipe when I couldn't find one online. I put it on everything! It can be reheated in the microwave without separating. I love the light green color — it displays beautifully over tri-color or regular pasta, salmon, and grilled chicken.

Looking down at a bowl of basil cream sauce with a spoonful resting inside.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 ounces pine nuts

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pint light cream


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make basil cream sauce.

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  2. Combine basil and garlic in a food processor.

    Basil and garlic combined in a food processor.

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  3. Pour oil in slowly, with the processor running, until mixture begins to emulsify, about 40 seconds. Add Parmesan, pine nuts, salt, and pepper; blend for 1 minute.

    Oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt and pepper added to food processor.

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  4. Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat.

    Cream coming to a simmer in a saucepan.

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  5. Pour 1/2 of the hot cream into the food processor, and pulse for 20 seconds until incorporated with basil mixture.

    Half of the cream added to food processor, pulsating until incorporated.

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  6. Transfer basil-cream mixture to the saucepan. Stir with cream until well blended, then simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

    Basil-cream mixture transferred to a saucepan, stir with cream until well blended and thickened.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
28g Fat
4g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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