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Basil Parmesan Pasta Sauce

 Basil Parmesan Pasta Sauce
"As a busy home health nurse, I'm committed to preparing meals that are quick and nutritious," shares Susan Houser of Anchorage, Alaska. "I came up with this rich and creamy sauce that is lower in fat than traditional white sauce. Dinner guests never believe it is made with fat-free milk."
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Hot cooked spaghetti or linguine


  • In a nonstick skillet, saute garlic in oil until tender. Stir in
  • flour, salt and pepper until blended (mixture will be thick).
  • Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook and
  • stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat;
  • gradually stir in Parmesan cheese and basil until cheese is melted.
  • Serve over pasta. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1/2 cup) equals 132 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 554 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 0.55 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 fat-free milk.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese,

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Malbec or Zinfandel.