Shortly after I received my Vitamix for Christmas, I was eagerly reading through its numerous miraculous capabilities, one of which was its ability to make hot soups. I figured,
“If it can make hot soups, I should be able to make a nice Alfredo sauce in it as well, right? I’ve always wanted to try a variation on the sauce by adding a healthy amount of basil to it. This seems like a perfect time to try it. The Vitamix is all-powerful and can make all kitchen dreams come true.”
Welp, not this one. It worked in absolutely no way at all. It was super thin, and just…weird. I tried cooking it down on the stove. It didn’t fix anything. Sometimes you have to know when to cut your losses and start over. Like that time, for example.
This time though, I thought I would cook the sauce as I normally would, on the stove, and THEN move it to the blender to add the basil. Eureka! We all loved it. This recipe only serves 2 people, so double or triple accordingly.
Basil Alfredo Sauce
- 4 T butter
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup half-and-half
- 1/3 cup fat-free half-and-half
- 2 T cream cheese
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup loosely packed basil roughly chopped or torn
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter, cream, half-and-halfs, and cream cheese. Add the garlic powder and parmesan; whisk to combine and simmer over medium-low heat until slightly thickened. Pour into blender and add basil. Blend until basil is thoroughly combined and sauce is green. Remove back to saucepan and re-heat on the stove (sauce will have lost heat through blending). If it seems too thick, add more cream to thin it. Serve with your favorite pasta.