Basil Spinach Pesto Cheese Sauce

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1 cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
1 cup Fresh Basil
1 cup Fresh Spinach
1 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 garlic Cloves
1/2-3/4 cup Olive Oil
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BASIL PESTO CREAM SAUCE
2 tbsp Flour
2 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1 cup Half and Half
4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4-1/2 cup Basil Spinach Pesto above start with 1/4 cup, taste, add more to taste
Instructions
Toast the nuts in a skillet till lightly toasted. In a food processor, chop your nuts and vegetables.
Add in your oil and seasonings .
Also, most people use pine nuts for pesto, Pine nuts are expensive,and I didn’t have so I used walnuts I couldn’t tell that much difference.
Store extra in the freezer.
Now make your cream sauce by melting the butter and adding the flour to that.
Stir until smooth and add in the milk. Stir until smooth and add in the half and half. Let it thicken.
Add the cream cheese and Parmesan.
After it is a good consistency, add the salt, pepper and cayenne then the Basil Spinach Pesto.
Stir and serve over warm pasta.

Category: Sauces & Rubs
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