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    Pesto Alfredo Sauce

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    12 mins

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    3KillerBs's Note:

    Pesto or Alfredo? The summery perfection of basil in olive oil or creamy, cheesy, richness? How about both? This simple recipe came about when I didn't have enough of either sauce to coat a big pan of pasta for a potluck dinner. Its a great change from the usual pasta in marinara and, while simple enough for a family meal, is special enough for guests. Its particularly good for potlucks because you KNOW that there are going to be 3-4 pans of pasta in assorted tomato sauces already. ;)

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    1. 1
      Heat cream cheese, milk (or milk and cream), and garlic together in a small saucepan. Bring just barely to boiling.
    2. 2
      Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until cream cheese is fully melted into the milk.
    3. 3
      Stir in the pesto and reheat to just barely boiling again.
    4. 4
      Stir in Parmesan and simmer a few moments until the sauce begins to thicken.
    5. 5
      Remove from heat and serve over any pasta.
    6. 6
      Note on Pesto: Best made with a pure basil pesto rather than a basil-and-spinach pesto. Homemade or commercial is fine.
    7. 7
      Note on Parmesan: I freeze my homemade pesto without the cheese so I use the full 3/4 cup. If your pesto has a generous amount of cheese you will not need as much. Not that plenty of Parmesan is a bad thing. :D.
    8. 8
      If you toss this together with pasta, chunks of cooked chicken, and broccoli florets then spread it in a baking pan with plenty of shredded Mozzarella on top you get a terrific casserole.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 24, 2008


      So flavorful! I had made Pumpkin Seed, Basil and Miso Pesto, which made about a cup and wanted to try it (first time making pesto). This sounded good, so we're having it over frozen (cooked) ravioli. I tasted the sauce and it's outstanding! I only had 4 oz neufschatel cheese, so I added sour cream for the balance and it's still nice and thick. A keeper for sure.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pesto Alfredo Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (594 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 671.9
    Calories from Fat 473
    Total Fat 52.5 g
    Saturated Fat 32.1 g
    Cholesterol 163.8 mg
    Sodium 789.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.5 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 27.3 g

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