Creamy Pesto Sauce

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Christina Ross
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Creamy pesto sauce is a delightful twist on the classic pesto sauce, adding a luxurious and velvety texture to your favorite pasta dishes. Bursting with the flavors of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese, this sauce will take your meals to the next level. Whether you’re a pasta enthusiast or simply looking to elevate your culinary repertoire, this creamy pesto sauce recipe is a must-try.

Name:Creamy Pesto Sauce
Prep Time10 minutes
Cooking Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
ServingsAbout 8 servings
Yield2 cups


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (optional)
Creamy Pesto Sauce


Toast the Pine Nuts

Begin by toasting the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until they turn golden brown and release a nutty aroma, which should take about 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them, as they can burn quickly. Remove them from the skillet and let them cool.

Prepare the Basil

Wash and dry the fresh basil leaves thoroughly. You want them to be clean and dry for the best flavor. Remove any tough stems and pack the basil leaves into a measuring cup.

Blend the Ingredients

In a food processor, combine the toasted pine nuts, minced garlic, and grated Parmesan cheese. Pulse the mixture until it becomes a coarse paste.

Add the Basil

Add the fresh basil leaves to the food processor and pulse until the basil is finely chopped and well combined with the other ingredients.

Stream in the Olive Oil

With the food processor running, slowly stream in the extra-virgin olive oil. Continue blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Incorporate the Cream

Transfer the pesto mixture to a saucepan and warm it over low heat. Pour in the heavy cream and stir until the sauce is heated through and becomes creamy. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Optional Cheese

If you desire a richer flavor, add grated Pecorino Romano cheese to the sauce at this stage. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is well combined.


Your creamy pesto sauce is now ready to use! Pour it over your favorite cooked pasta, such as linguine or fettuccine, and toss until the pasta is well coated. You can also use this sauce as a delicious topping for grilled chicken or roasted vegetables.


For a final touch, garnish your pasta dish with additional grated Parmesan cheese and a few fresh basil leaves.

Creamy Pesto Sauce

Estimated Nutrition per Serving

Calories: 220 kcal

Total Fat: 22g

Saturated Fat: 5g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 190mg

Total Carbohydrates: 2g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Sugars: 0g

Protein: 4g

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