So if you have a basil plant in your garden, and it’s growing like crazy. You might be looking for fun new ways to use that basil. This Creamy Basil Sauce is just the ticket.
5 from 3 votes

Creamy Basil Sauce

A light fresh creamy sauce that’s filled with summer basil. Perfect for serving over shrimp, fish, chicken, or pasta.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword basil, creamy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 267 kcal
Author Debi


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup broth
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour to form a paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Gradually and slowly stir in milk and broth, and cook stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a bubble on the edges.
  3. Stir in basil, wine, salt, thyme, and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes more. Serve over pasta, toast, shrimp, chicken, or fish.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 1 cup of sauce

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Basil Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 1689mg73%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1115IU22%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.