How to Make a Super Smooth Cream Sauce for Every Dish

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Picture the delicious simplicity of a smooth cream sauce. It all starts with butter and flour in a pan, becoming a golden roux. Add in whole milk or cream and a dash of salt for a creamy balance. Enhance with thyme, nutmeg, or garlic for extra flavor. Drizzle it over pasta, spoon it onto vegetables, or let it cozy up to meats. Master this easy sauce and watch every dish elevate!


Basil Cream Sauce

If this sauce was any smoother, it'd be a sheet of velvet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 285 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 ounces pine nuts
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pint light cream


  1. Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor. While you're processing, pour in the olive oil in a thin stream. Keep processing for about 40 seconds, or until everything starts to emulsify. Add in the pine nuts and Parmesan, then blend for 1 minute.

  2. Heat the light cream in a saucepan over low heat until it starts simmering. Pour half of the heated cream into the processor with the mix and pulse for 20 seconds to incorporate. Pour the mix back into cream in the pan, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.




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