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Recipe: Basil butter and sun-dried tomato sauce

Updated: 07-01-2009

Dietitian's tip: Serve this basil butter tomato sauce over roasted chicken, veal or pork. You can use trans-free margarine instead of butter to lower the amount of saturated fat in the sauce.


Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste


In a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook until the mixture is light tan, about 2 minutes. To avoid burning, stir the mixture continuously. Add the chicken broth and turn up the heat to medium, stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and tomato paste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes more. Serve warm.

Nutritional Analysis per serving
  • Calories: 50
  • Total carbohydrate: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 8 mg
  • Dietary fiber: trace
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Sodium: 89 mg
  • Total fat: 3 g
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