My goal for the last couple of months has been to avoid buying ready made sauces and products from the grocery store. While they are quick and easy to whip up on any given night; think about how beneficial it would be to know exactly what you are putting into your mouth. It’s healthier, and flat out tastes better.
First item on my list to tackle… Alfredo sauce. Alfredo sauce has been one of my favorite dishes to order any time I’m at a restaurant that has it on the menu. That being said every time I wanted to eat it I either had to go to a restaurant and order it, or I found myself buying the ready made sauce from the store which let’s face it; just never tasted as good. One day I decided to be adventurous and look up a recipe on how to make it from scratch. I made it, and ever since then I stopped buying the sauce from the store. It just tasted more rich and creamier, and I could add whatever I wanted to the sauce to make it “mine”, inspiring my recipe, Garlic Basil Alfredo Sauce.
Adding fresh basil to my Alfredo sauce really enhances the flavor profile, and almost gives it a pesto like taste minus the pine nuts. It also brightens up the dish and gives it a really cool green color; something I’m sure kids would totally be into. Basil pairs great with Parmesan cheese which is found in most traditional Alfredo sauces. Enjoy my recipe below!
1 stick of butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Once heated, add in the garlic and saute for about 1-2 minutes. Pay close attention and don’t burn the garlic! (This can happen fast).
2. In another saucepan, heat the butter and cream. Once heated, add salt and pepper to taste, and then the Parmesan cheese. Once the cheese has melted, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Pour the sauce, garlic, and fresh basil leaves into a blender and blend for 2 minutes or until the sauce is a smooth consistency. Once smooth, pour the sauce back into the saucepan and keep heated until its ready to be served.
**This sauce can be served with fettuccine noodles or chicken breasts. Whatever you like!