September 20, 2010

Creamy Pesto Sauce

There is a dish at a local restaurant called Angel Hair Elizabetta: angel hair pasta with creamy pesto sauce on one 1/2 and marinara on the other, yum! A family favorite is to order the dish with no marinara.... all creamy pesto. I decided I wanted to be able to recreate this fave at home.


Creamy Pesto Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 5 cups milk

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tb prepared pesto

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour - it will clump up and that's ok. Add seasonings. It's ok to let the butter/flour mixture cook for a few moments, this will actually help remove the raw flour flavor.

  2. Very slowly whisk in milk, working hard to remove lumps. Keep sauce on medium heat and stir often. The sauce will slowly thicken, just keep stirring and keep those lumps away!

  3. Once sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, add cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat - add pesto. Serve as soon as possible.

Note:

  • You could use jarred alfredo sauce (much quicker), but why when you can quickly make this satisfying sauce from scratch and know exactly what you're eating.

  • I do recommend making your own pesto - so fresh and delicious - but if your store doesn't have fresh basil like mine, jarred is still yummy :)


We added grilled chicken breasts; it would also be tasty with fresh veggies such as steamed asparagus, broccoli or sauteed mushrooms.



This recipe is linked to Tasty Tuesday , Tuesdays at the Table and Foodie Friday.




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7 comments:

secretsofawannabehousewife said...

In step two you mean to say whisk in milk, right? This sounds awesome. I'm going to have to try it.

Our Treasured Home said...

Wonderful recipe and great with chicken! Wish I had another blog party to showcase my recipes...hint hint

Kristen said...

wannabehousewife: Yes! I meant milk, thank you for pointing out the error. I have fixed the typo :)

the country cook said...

YUM. I'm so trying this someday!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Yum, I love recreated restaurant dishes, looks soooo good.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Kristen,
Pesto is my love language!!!!! This is a superb recipe. I make and freeze my own pesto, so this would be a very easy meal for me to make.
I am putting Creamy Pesto Sauce on the menu at StoneGable next week.
I'll link back to your post.
Delicious!!!!!
I am very excited to make this!
Yvonne

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Me again... I am your newest follower. You have great recipies! What a lovely blog!
Yvonne