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Recipe: Basil butter and sun-dried tomato sauce

Serves 4

Dietitian Tip

Baste or serve this basil butter tomato sauce over roasted chicken, veal or pork.


  • 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)

Serving Size1/3 cup
Carbohydrate3 g
Cholesterol8 mg
Fiber0.5 g
Protein1 g
Sodium111 mg
Monounsaturated Fat1 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Total Fat3 g

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