Prep Time  25minutes
Cook Time  15minutes
Total Time  45minutes

Pesto Sauce With Cream

Making your own homemade pesto sauce is pretty darn easy.  And that means that making your own homemade pesto cream sauce, is pretty darn simple too.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make this awesome pasta sauce, which I love with gnocchi and short or stuffed pasta’s like penne and ravioli.  It’s a very rich, heavy sauce, so I generally like a small serving and this makes a great appetizer course.

Ingredients for Pesto Cream Sauce (2 – 3 servings)

  • Pesto (preferably homemade pesto, but store bought if needed)
  • Heavy cream, half a pint
  • Salt & pepper
Recipe Overview and Keys to Success

To make the best Pesto Cream Sauce, just make sure to to the following

  1. Other than salt and pepper, there’s two ingredients – pesto and cream.  Obviously, you can use store bought pesto, but if you have the time (about 20 minutes) to make your own, I highly recommend it.
  2. Pesto is a fresh, uncooked sauce; and doesn’t get better with a lot of cooking.  So add the pesto to the cream just before you add the pasta, and cook it as little as possible.  This also means you should time your pasta so it’s cooked when the sauce is ready.
  3. Like many cream sauces, when you mix in the pasta, the starch will help thicken up the sauce.  That’s why I keep mine relatively thin (either with a bit of water, or extra cream), knowing that it will thicken quickly.
Making the Pesto Cream Sauce
  • In a sauté pan, add  the heavy cream, and bring it up to a simmer
  • Reduce the cream by about 1/3, and season with salt and pepper
  • Add 2 – 3 tablespoons (remember you can always add more) to the cream and stir to combine. The sauce should turn a beautiful green color
  • Taste, and adjust the salt, pepper, or pesto if needed
  • The pesto cream sauce is done

This pesto cream sauce makes a great pasta sauce and that’s how I use it most of the time.  However, it is also great with chicken, fish and even a lot of vegetables.  Hope you give it a try soon, and leave a comment to let me know how it goes.


Pesto Sauce With Cream Recipe

Comments (1 )

May 6th, 2011 - 5:38pm
I really like this with fresh homemade pastas

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